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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
Right-hander Chris Tillman was a little tired from an early-morning cross-country flight from Triple-A Norfolk, but he was more than happy to be back in an Orioles uniform. Tillman (8-8, 3.63 ERA at Norfolk) was expected to be activated after Tuesday's game and will start Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Mariners, making his first big-league start since Aug. 11. “This is what I've worked all season for,” Tillman said. “I've gotten in a good routine and it's working well.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Orioles head to Kansas City down two games in the American League Championship Series as play shifts to Kauffman Stadium for the next three matchups with the Royals. They're facing unprecedented odds. Since the LCS round went to a best-of-seven format in 1985, no team has lost the first two games of the series and came back to win. It's a tough mountain to climb in the flat Midwest, especially against a Royals team that has seen everything go its way and has won all six of its postseason games this year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles will make their first trip of the spring to McKechnie Field this afternoon to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Chris Tillman is scheduled to start for the Orioles and could go four innings. T.J. McFarland and Ryan Webb are also scheduled to pitch. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is still on pace to start Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. Left-hander Brian Matusz will also pitch in that game. Both are expected to go three innings.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 11, 2014
If the soggy opener of the American League Championship Series proved anything, it is that there is no sense in trying to generalize about two teams that have spent this postseason defying baseball logic. The Kansas City Royals are supposed to be the team that doesn't hit for power, so they jumped out in front in Game 1 on a home run by a guy, Alcides Escobar, who had three home runs in the regular season and won the game on extra-inning blasts by Alex Gordon and  Mike Moustakas .  They are known for their speed but scored eight runs Friday night without stealing a single base.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
Right-hander Chris Tillman has been scratched from tonight's schedules start for Triple-A Norfolk against Syracuse. The Orioles have starting rotation spots open for Thursday and Friday's games in Anaheim, so it could be an indication that Tillman is heading west to join the club. As of late Monday afternoon, Tillman was still with the Tides. Right-hander Tim Bascom has been promoted from Double-A Bowie to make tonight's start for the Tides. Tillman is 8-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts)
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By Matt Vensel | April 6, 2013
Chris Tillman had a rocky outing Saturday night in his first start of the season, which came hours after he was activated from the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. Tillman, who was placed on the DL with a left abdominal strain on March 28, started strong in the first inning, needing just 13 pitches to retire the first three Minnesota Twins batters, including catcher Joe Mauer, in order. But Tillman quickly lost his command in the top of the second inning.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
I was waiting out a rain delay and enjoying the evening in Bowie while the Orioles played, so I'm one of the few who didn't catch the Orioles game. If you're part of that crew, the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous night's local sports headlines, is for you. - Chris Tillman, fresh off his first career shutout, couldn't make it out of the second inning in the Orioles 9-8 loss to Pittsburgh . Brad Brach pitched four shutout innings, but the bullpen is again spent, and the team will likely add a reliever today . Feel free to double back on my Norfolk bullpen update from Tuesday to see who's available.
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By Matt Vensel | July 1, 2013
With Camden Yards rocking, ESPN cameras filming and a million or so Americans watching, Chris Tillman took the mound for the Orioles against the New York Yankees, pitching them to a win Sunday night and a sweep. Tillman struggled with his command in the first two innings, but the 25-year-old allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings, winning his sixth straight start and lowering his rotation-leading ERA to 3.68. Tillman has been making a strong push for All-Star Game consideration, but has he made his move too late?
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox this afternoon in Sarasota. Or they're playing a team in Red Sox uniforms anyway. Boston has a split squad today, and let's just say they didn't send their A lineup to Ed Smith Stadium. Or their B or C lineup. That's OK, Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez is pitching at Twin Lakes Park against Boston's Double-A squad. Manager Buck Showalter's not a fan of having his rotation members facing AL East rivals at this point in spring. It's a little of a reach, since many of these lineups aren't exactly littered with regulars.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Chris Tillman didn't feel like he had his best stuff Wednesday night, but he still managed to have a relatively easy time against the New York Yankees. Tillman recorded his 11th quality start in his last 13 outings, allowing just two runs and five hits in seven strong innings, striking out three batters and walking none in the Orioles' 5-3 win. In three starts against the Yankees this season, Tillman is 1-1 with a 2.18 ERA. “You know what? It wasn't very good for me tonight,” Tillman said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The Orioles starting rotation had a 3.61 ERA in the regular season, the fifth-best mark in the American League. But in the postseason, the club's starters have struggled. Right-hander Bud Norris lasted just 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, allowing four runs and nine hits. Norris struck out three batters and walked none. In five postseason games, four of the five Orioles starters have failed to go more than five innings. The exception was Norris' ALDS Game 3 outing, in which he tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2014
First sustained cheer of the night: 7:12 p.m., as the grounds crew pulls back the tarp that had covered the field all day. Player introductions begin: 7:47 p.m. The orange towels begin waving with the introduction of longtime trainer Richie Bancells. Injured catcher Matt Wieters receives a pretty loud ovation, but the biggest - and most sustained - cheers go to Buck Showalter, who comes out with a Gary Williams-like fist pump. Among the players, it sounds as if Nick Markakis gets the loudest ovation coming out of the dugout.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Suspended first baseman Chris Davis took batting practice with the Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday, a day ahead of the American League Championship Series opener against the Kansas City Royals. But Davis, who has five games remaining on a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, will not be added to the ALCS roster, manager Buck Showalter said Thursday. In order to include Davis on the roster, the Orioles would have had to play shorthanded until the suspension ends.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
It may be the oddest timing for a contract extension announcement in recent memory - on the eve of the first American League Championship Series game at Camden Yards in 17 years and just weeks away from free agency. But the Orioles took care of a major chunk of offseason business Thursday by agreeing to a three-year deal worth $40 million with shortstop J.J. Hardy. He's locked up through 2017 with a team option for 2018. “Is there ever a bad time to announce J.J. continuing as an Oriole?
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The Orioles came into the American League Division Series knowing they couldn't match the Detroit Tigers ace for ace. No single Oriole could comfortably compare resumes with Detroit's Game 1 starter, Max Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner. But as they have all season, the Orioles found a less traditional way to outduel flashier talent. Two first-time postseason performers, starter Chris Tillman and reliever Andrew Miller, combined to produce a better line than Scherzer before the Orioles blew the game open against the Tigers bullpen and won, 12-3.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 2, 2014
It wasn't magic. It was just Thursday. OK, it was a Thursday in October, so there already was something special about it, but the Orioles' 12-3 victory in Game 1 of their division series against the Detroit Tigers was just a postseason compilation of all the ways this team has found to win over the course of this amazing and uplifting season. Nelson Cruz, who was signed in February to be their designated playoff hero, launched a two-run home run in the first inning to find his name mentioned in the same sentence with some guy named Babe Ruth, Chris Tillman ground out five tough innings and the bullpen did what it has been doing with amazing regularity since Day One. Why should anyone be surprised by that?
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
Despite allowing eight hits and two home runs, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman stymied a powerful Toronto Blue Jays lineup just enough to post another quality start in the Orioles' 8-5 win Friday. Tillman allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five to earn his team-leading 11th win of the season. That total ties him for sixth in the major leagues with St. Louis' Lance Lynn. “He's capable of spinning a real good game out there, if we can just get his pitch count down a little bit,” manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman didn't have his best control early Tuesday night. He was erratic, loading the bases in the first inning and walking four Cleveland Indians in the first three innings. After the third inning, though, Tillman settled down - despite a fifth-inning hiccup - and turned in yet another solid outing in the Orioles' 6-3 comeback win over the Indians. Tillman allowed three runs on four hits and four walks in seven innings while striking out six to bump his record to 9-2. “He battled through the first two innings and just didn't quite have the location he's used to having, and once he hit the third, he picked it up a little bit and was able to get us seven really good innings,” catcher Matt Wieters said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers are in a 1-0 hole to the Orioles in the American League Division Series partly because the 2013 Cy Young Award winner spent the first two innings trying to avoid one on the mound. Scherzer and Orioles starter Chris Tillman began their windups in a similar spot early in the game, the Tigers starter said, creating a hole in the dirt near the pitching rubber. Scherzer compensated by taking a wider step off the rubber to start his motion, which threw his deliver out of whack and allowed the Orioles to pick up five of the seven hits they got off Scherzer - and three crucial early runs - before he adjusted.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to Game 1 of the American League Division Series between the Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. Dan Connolly, reporter: Thursday's 12-3 Orioles victory was exactly how the club drew it up -- really the way this team has executed things much of the season: Solid enough starting pitching, excellent relief outings and a couple key longballs. And then they piled on against a shaky bullpen.
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