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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
It's an obvious question. And there really isn't an obvious answer. What's wrong with Chris Tillman? “I don't know,” said shortstop J.J. Hardy, when asked about the Orioles' top starter. “I don't think he is hitting his spots as well. People are getting some cheap hits, and they just keep rolling. I think everyone knows Tillman's going to be all right, but he's going through a little funk right now.” Tillman said his problems are mechanical. He said he's not hitting his spots with his fastball or his breaking stuff, and if you don't have command, it's hard to get away with mistakes in the majors.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman would pitch well earlier this year, and you almost expected him to get on a run and turn into the guy he was the previous season and a half. Then he would come back with a disaster; his pitches looked flat, his velocity was down and he couldn't throw strikes. Perhaps the question I most often received from about mid-April on was "What's wrong with Tillman?” He allowed just five earned runs in his first four starts of the year and then he got shelled in Toronto.
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By Matt Vensel | May 23, 2011
When Orioles starter Chris Tillman left Sunday’s game against the Nationals, he had surrendered just one earned run. It was the fourth time in five starts and the fifth time this season that the 23-year-old right-hander had allowed one run or fewer, but he labored all afternoon and could only give the Orioles five innings. That has been a reoccurring theme for Tillman as he continues to develop at the major-league level. He has given up two earned runs total in his past three starts, lowering his ERA from 7.16 on May 5 to 4.95.
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July 15, 2013
Some video from today's All-Star media availability with Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and right-hander Chris Tillman.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman knew  this morning he'd be pitching five innings in a minor-league game on Sunday to continue to stretch out his arm. He didn't know he'd be officially doing it as a member of Orioles minor-league camp. Tillman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk Saturday morning before the Orioles' road Grapefruit League game against the Pirates in Bradenton. He will open the season as a starter at Norfolk. The move also leaves 15 pitchers for 12 spots.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Chris Tillman pitched 1 2/3 innings in his first Grapefruit League start of the year, allowing no runs on one hit and two walks in Wednesday night's split-squad game against the Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. Tillman threw 43 pitches, 22 of them for strikes. He labored a bit, but said he was OK with his performance. “Yeah, first time out, I'm not really disappointed," Tillman said. “I felt OK. Command was spotty at best. I guess you kind of expect that the first time out, but other than that I felt pretty good.” If the mission was to get out there and air it out, it was a successful outing.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has selected right-hander Chris Tillman to start Wednesday night's pivotal regular season finale against Tampa Bay. The Orioles enter Wednesday one game back of the division-leading Yankees in the AL East. A win, combined with a New York loss, would force a tiebreaker for the division title on Thursday at Camden Yards. Even if the Yankees win Wednesday, an Orioles win would at least clinch a AL wild-card home game against either Texas or Oakland.
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By Alejandro Zúñiga and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Chris Tillman has his own prediction to uphold when he starts for the Orioles this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander was the club's Opening Day starter in March and was expected to develop into an ace after a 16-win, All-Star season in 2013. Instead, Tillman is 5-3 with a 4.91 ERA nearing the midway point of the season. His past five games have been even worse, having allowed a combined 21 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings (9.30 ERA). While Tillman has struggled with inconsistency, starters such as left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and right-hander Bud Norris have established themselves as the Orioles' most reliable pitchers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn't have his best outing Sunday night against the New York Yankees, but he still extended his remarkable streak of consistency that has now lasted more than three months as he has solidified his spot as the club's ace. After allowing one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings in the Orioles' 3-2, walk-off victory over the Yankees, Tillman has recorded 19 straight starts of allowing three earned runs or fewer. That mark ties him with Milt Pappas (1965)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
On an exceptionally cool night in Baltimore, Chris Tillman turned in the best outing of his young season Monday night in the Orioles' 2-1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing four hits, three walks and one run in 6 2/3 innings. It was his longest outing in four starts -- and ties Jason Hammel for the club's longest start this season -- and it was the first time Tillman gave up one run or fewer in 2013. He didn't get the win; the Orioles didn't earn that until Nick Markakis' RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
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