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Starter Tillman aims to stay in majors this time

Tillman to start Sunday against Rays

September 04, 2010|By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun

"I will leave that open, but I know talking to Richie, we are excited about the progress he is making and there's always that possibility. I am not going to take that carrot away from him," Showalter said. "From my perspective, I am not looking at it like there is a sense that we are going to have him back real quick, but I am hoping to get surprised by it tomorrow or Monday."

Jones was first injured Aug. 24 when he was plunked in the upper back by Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd and initially missed five games. He played Tuesday, but came out of Wednesday's game after feeling more pain in the shoulder on a swing. Corey Patterson started in center on Saturday.

Around the horn

Right fielder Nick Markakis entered Saturday with 41 doubles this season. With two more, he would become just the third player in baseball history to have at least four consecutive seasons of 43 or more doubles, joining Hall of Famers Joe Medwick and Tris Speaker. … Markakis' hitless night on Friday ended his season-high 11-game hitting streak. … Orioles' 2010 first-rounder Manny Machado, who initially was supposed to be introduced to the Camden Yards' fans this weekend, will be formally introduced at some point during the New York Yankees' series on Sept. 17-19. The Orioles didn't want to disrupt Machado's schedule at Short-A Aberdeen. … Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday in honor of the 15-year anniversary of him tying and later breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak. … Julio Lugo made his second start this season at third base. ... Reliever David Hernandez (sprained left ankle) struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect seventh inning for Double-A Bowie on Saturday night in Richmond, Va. Hernandez will continue his rehab assignment with one inning Monday for the Baysox and then likely will be activated by the Orioles.

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