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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The Orioles' 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night gave them a 5-3 record eight games into this 11-game West Coast road trip. Perhaps even more important is that the win improved the Orioles' record to 9-3 when coming off a loss. That means that the Orioles have had back-to-back losses just three times this season. One of those times was this road trip, when they lost the final game against the Oakland Athletics and the first game against the Seattle Mariners. But the Orioles have avoided those consecutive loss slides that have foiled so many Orioles teams of the past.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
Chris Tillman made his minor league transitional start Monday at Double-A Bowie in between the two-hit gem against Seattle that he threw Wednesday and his next Orioles outing Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. It didn't go so well. Facing the Akron Aeros of the Eastern League, the Cleveland Indians' affiliate, Tillman lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch. He struck out two batters and threw a far-from-economic 72 pitches (40 for strikes)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
CLEVELAND - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman didn't deny it: A pair of leadoff walks that led to runs hurt him in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to Cleveland. Make no mistake, the Orioles offense - gangbusters one day and inept the next - could have done its part to help. Tillman undoubtedly would have worked better with a lead, as right-hander Bud Norris did in Monday's series opener when they spotted him five runs in an eventual 7-2 win. Tillman allowed a run in the fourth inning without allowing a hit, mainly because he issued back-to-back leadoff walks to Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
Chris Tillman already had plans for the next four days. While four of his teammates traveled to New York for the All-Star Game, the Orioles right-hander was going down to North Carolina for a break from baseball. But at 1:08 p.m. Sunday, manager Buck Showalter called Tillman into his office and said, “Congrats.” About 10 minutes later, he was standing next to four of his teammates on the infield at Camden Yards holding a blue All-Star Game jersey with his No. 30 on the back. Tillman was added to the American League All-Star Game roster, replacing Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who started Sunday's game for Detroit and is thus ineligible to pitch in the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2013
Heading into the season, Buck Showalter believed that one of the organization's talented young starters needed to make a significant step forward for the Orioles to remain competitive. The O's needed to grow their starting rotation differently than their division rivals, and success hinged on promise becoming production with one of their young arms. That's exactly what 25-year-old right-hander Chris Tillman has done.   “It's something we knew he was capable of,” Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
There probably have been five times in the past 20 months or so that I've written a game story about Chris Tillman's continued emergence/maturation as a pitcher. Several times I've written about whether he is - or is at least on his way to becoming -  a staff ace. Whenever I've asked scouts or baseball executives about Tillman, though, I'm told he is a No. 2 starter, maybe a No. 3 on a great team. But then you see what he did Sunday, and you have to wonder, if he can do that consistently, why he can't earn that ace label.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -   Orioles  third baseman Manny Machado returned to Sarasota on a red-eye flight from Los Angeles late Thursday night, but it's still unclear when Machado can return to playing in games. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed Machado's left-knee surgery in October, cleared Machado for all physical activity after examining his left knee on Thursday. His return is in the Orioles trainers' hands now, but first Machado must resume his baserunning progression that was halted by releasing of scar tissue as a result of the surgery.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman might not be the biggest name in pitching in the major leagues right now, but his performance over the past two seasons ranks among the best. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Tillman is 16-5 for a .762 winning percentage. That winning percentage is the fourth-best in all of baseball for players with at least 20 decisions. Tillman ranks behind only Cincinnati's Mat Latos (.833), Detroit's Max Scherzer (.781) and St. Louis's Lance Lynn (.765)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
ANAHEIM, Calif. - In this Southern California landscape full of highways, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman grew up just about 15 miles away from Angel Stadium. As a kid, he rooted for the Angels. And despite having 56 major league starts under his belt over parts of five big league seasons, Thursday night's against the Angels was his first one in a long drive back home. It was worth the wait. In Tillman's homecoming, he turned in one of his most dominating starts of his big league career, allowing just three hits over eight scoreless innings to lead the Orioles to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of this four-game series.
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Peter Schmuck | August 10, 2013
It has become a matter of seeming universal agreement that the Orioles have one glaring weakness that will eventually be their undoing - either at crunch time in September or early in the postseason. They lack that one go-to starting pitcher at the head of the rotation who can tip the balance in a one-game playoff or a best-of-whatever series. They don't have a Justin Verlander or a CC Sabathia or a Clayton Kershaw to strike real fear into a quality opponent. That's the rumor, and it certainly has a ring of truth after all the years the O's tried to pass off Jeremy Guthrie as the staff ace and hoped against hope that one of their bright young prospects would finally morph into the next Jim Palmer.
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