Tillman talks about his outing

Chris Tillman
acknowledged it was different to pitch out of the bullpen on Monday afternoon, saying
he didn’t get to go through his usual pregame routine.  His self-evaluation of the 2 2/3 innings he
tossed was “good but not great”, and that’s pretty much reflected in his
pitching line.

He allowed the Red
Sox two runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings, walking three and picking up a
strikeout. The three walks, according to manager Dave Trembley, were a
byproduct of a lot of three-ball counts.  Both of the runs were a result of a homer by Josh Reddick.

Tillman said he used
the outing to work on throwing the ball inside, and was pleased that he was
able to do that effectively since it was something he struggled with last year.

“I had a plan and I was working on it,” Tillman
said. “This is a team that we’re going to see a lot during the season, so
you’re not necessarily trying to go out and show them everything you’ve got.”

“I
wanted to work in and out with my fastball and beat them with that. Being a
young guy, I don’t really know how to go about that quite a bit yet.”

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