Tillman on his final spring tuneup

Orioles starter Chris Tillman made five spring starts, missing one due to illness, and finished his Grapefruit League campaign with 4 2/3 innings against the Rays on Wednesday night. He said he hasn’t been focusing on his upcoming Opening Day start so much as preparing for the grind of a 162-game season.

“I’ve been focusing on getting myself ready,” he said. “I think that’s the most important thing. I’m happy coming out of this healthy and I’m ready to go.”

Tillman pitched to a 4.76 spring ERA and said he didn’t go about this camp any different than year’s past although it was widely speculated he’d be the O’s No. 1 starter.

“I approach it the same way. I try to approach everything the same way,” he said. “I’m a big routine guy. I live and die by it so I still to my routine and be ready to pitch every fifth day.”

Tillman went 17 1/3 innings, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) on 23 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts.

“I would have liked to have made that other start, but other than that, I feel comfortable going into the season physically, mechanically and mentally.”

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