Trembley: Rotation won't be a shocker
Which means, (drumroll please) it will include Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian
Matusz, Brad Bergesen and Chris
Trembley said pregame on Friday that the news will be
official as soon as Monday. But if you’re a Tillman fan, you can rest assured. Although it will be interesting to see what –if anything — would happen should David Hernandez have a good start Saturday against the Red Sox.
Tillman had his worst outing of the spring on Friday night, allowing two runs on six hits and four walks over 4 1/3 innings. The line doesn’t look bad, but Tillman never looked comfortable against the Twins lineup, letting some of his frustration about the strike zone bubble over. He tossed 88 pitches (51 for strikes) and surrendered a solo homer to Jacque Jones in the second inning.
Following the start, Tillman mentioned how long the outing felt and called the laborious third inning “unacceptable”.
“I was working hard to get early contact and [the Twins batters] just kind of stood
there and watched them, and someone made a comment to me that it means
you’re probably throwing pretty good pitches and are just missing,” Tillman
said. “I thought most of those could have gone either way. I thought a
lot of them were right around the zone.”
Manager Dave Trembley noted that Tillman had too many three-ball counts and his pace of the game was a stark contrast to Twins starter Scott Baker. Baker, Minnesota’s Opening Day starter, made quick of the Orioles in the first half of the game, retiring 13 straight batters until Adam Jones’ single with one out in the fifth.