Jimenez will start Game 5

The Orioles have tabbed Ubaldo Jimenez to be their fifth starter, with the right-hander slated to make his season debut on Saturday in Baltimore.

Jimenez gradually got better this spring and the O’s want to keep him in a rhythm to start the season, forgoing the opportunity to bring Opening Day starter Chris Tillman back on regular rest instead. Jimenez –working with a simplified delivery– takes the final rotation spot over Kevin Gausman, who will be in the bullpen to start the season.

Signed to a four-year, $50-million contract last spring Jimenez went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA and was taken out of the rotation down the stretch last year. After  rough spring debut, he pitched to a 2.88 ERA –with all but one start on the road– in the Grapefruit League.

He will be facing the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

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2.88 is pretty good. I hope it carries over into the season. If he was pitching on the road then he was seeing a lot of the opponents team regular players as well since the superstars don’t travel as much. Fingers are crossed for him to have a better season.

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