Starting Game 1 of AL Division Series 'means a lot' to Chris Tillman

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September 24, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Chris Tillman said he was honored to be named the Orioles’ starter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

“It means a lot,” Tillman said. “I’m excited about it, looking forward to it. I still got one more start to go [in the regular season], so I’m pretty focused on that, but at the same time I know it means a lot to the team, means a lot to me and hopefully get us going in the right direction.”

The Orioles have won each of Tillman’s last 11 starts, and Tillman is 6-0 in August and September, all from a pitcher who didn’t pitch in the postseason in 2012.

Tillman said it doesn’t matter who he will face in the ALDS. The Orioles are currently slotted to face the winner of the AL Central, where the Detroit Tigers currently lead the Kansas City Royals.

“Yeah, we still don’t know, got a couple more games, I guess, to go,” Tillman said. “It is what it is. It’s just another baseball game to us, just the stakes go up a little higher.”

Around the horn

Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn’t announced a starter for Sunday’s regular-season finale in Toronto, but he said he’s leaning toward right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Showalter plans to pitch most of that game out of the bullpen to ensure his key relievers won’t have more than three days off going into the postseason. … Showalter said he is leaning toward carrying 11 pitchers in the ALDS, which would allow him to use an additional position player. Showalter carried 12 pitchers in the 2012 ALDS. … Steve Clevenger made his first start at first base this season on Wednesday, and his first start overall since Aug. 28. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored. … With two hits Wednesday, center fielder Adam Jones has eight multihit games in 17 against the Yankees this season. … Right-hander Steve Johnson’s right shoulder surgery Wednesday went well. Doctors shaved a bone spur in his shoulder and did other repairs. He is expected to be ready for spring training. … Right fielder Nick Markakis was selected last week as the Orioles’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Fan voting to help select an overall winner ends Oct. 6, and the selection will be announced at the World Series.

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