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Tillman on his outing

Chris Tillman was the latest Orioles starter to fail to make it to the team’s self-imposed three inning limit, but still be happy about his outing.

“I thought it went well,” he said. “I threw all my pitches. I threw some really good cutters, good curveballs, quite a few good changeups, and threw a lot of fastballs that could go either way. They were right there borderline, which I think was positive for me.”

Tillman allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over 2 1/3 innings and said he mixed in two cutters, which is the new pitch he’s been tinkering with this spring. He cited his fastball location –he only walked one batter — as a plus, and was the second straight Orioles starter to allude to throwing some good pitches that were called for balls. Brian Matusz mentioned the same exact thing yesterday and even Jeremy Guthrie alluded to that notion on Sunday.

“For the most part, I thought I did pretty well,” Tillman said of his second spring outing. “I wanted to get three innings in, but I threw a lot of pitches early on. I had that dragged on first inning that went a little longer than planned. There’s nothing you can do about that.”

Orioles-Rays Pregame Tidbits, Lineup

Update 9:02: Just got word that there will be some news out of Os camp around 9:30. As always check back here and on Twitter for the latest updates.

So while the Nats’ Stephen Strasburg makes his debut, there are a few other games
going on Tuesday afternoon. Namely, the Orioles and the Rays, who will face off
for the third time in Grapefruit League play.

Nolan Reimold will make his second start of the spring, playing left field for the first time since getting in a few innings during the team’s intrasquad game.  Given the lack of any sort of news in Orioles camp, some of the guys were teasing Reimold about all the attention his left Achilles tendon is getting.  But the Orioles have been adamant about taking it slow with Reimold (who had surgery on the tendon in September) so that he’s ready by Opening Day. 

According to (my new best friend this spring), there’s a chance
of afternoon showers. Let’s hope they get the game in delay-free.

Justin Turner was walking around the clubhouse this morning sans ice or a wrap. His left foot, which was struck by a ball hit by Garrett Atkins during Friday’s BP, seems to have come down considerably. So he should be back soon.


Robert Andino 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Nick Markakis RF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Ty Wigginton 3B
Rhyne Hughes DH
Chad Moeller C
Matt Angle CF
Pedro Florimon SS

Chris Tillman RHP

Also expected to
pitch: Cla Meredith, Dennis Sarfate, Albert Castillo



Sean Rodriguez SS

Carl Crawford LF

EVan Longoria 3B

Carlos Pena 1B

BJ Upton DH

Matt Joyce RF

Dioner Navarro C

Reid Brignac 2b

 SP Jeff Niemann

Twins-Orioles Wrap

The Recap:
Here’s the game story from today’s 5-0 loss to the Twins.
Brian Matusz was happy with his outing,as was closer Mike Gonzalez.
Chris Tillman gets the ball Tuesday against the Rays, while Brad Bergesen makes his debut on Wednesday.

Follow along here as Brian Matusz faces off with Kevin Slowey in sunny Sarasota, where it’s 66 degrees…

Updated 1:21: Matusz surrendered a leadoff double to Ben Revere but got Nick Punto looking for the game’s first out. Michael Cuddyer’s centerfield single put the Twins on the board and Jason Kubel doubled him in for a quick pair of runs. Matusz sent Brendan Harris down on three straight strikes and got Jacque Jones swinging. 26 pitches, 17 for strikes.

Updated 1:35: 10 pitch inning for Matusz, a K, and two infield ground balls. Nicely done.

Updated 1:41: Minus a leadoff single from Felix Pie, the Orioles haven’t done anything again Twins starter Kevin Slowey. Matusz on to open the third, Twins up 2-0.

Updated 1:48:
That’s it for Matusz. He opened the third with two strikeouts and came out after throwing 46 pitches. After allowing the first-inning hit to Kubel, he retired seven straight. Nice rebound.

Updated 3:02: Mike Gonzalez
pitched around a walk, a double and a single, thanks to a nice cut off throw at the plate by first baseman Luke Scott. Gonzalez struck out Chris Parmelee to end the inning. Jim Johnson gave up a run in the fifth and Koji pitched a scoreless sixth.

Updated 3:32: While I was down getting Matusz and Gonzo, the Twins scored another pair of runs, it’s 5-0 going into the bottom of the ninth.

Tillman on his night

Orioles starter Chris Tillman said he felt strong in his Grapefruit League debut Friday night, a perfect two-inning stint where the 21-year-old struck out three Pirates batters in a row at one point.

“First and foremost, I felt good,” Tillman said. “Got to mix in a little bit of my pitches, mainly fastballs, threw four or 5 offspeed pitches. I was happy with the location of my fastball, that’s what I was working on [Friday night].”

Tillman opened the Orioles first night game at Ed Smith Stadium by retiring Akinori Iwamura on a ground ball back to the mound. He proceeded to send Jose Tabata and Garrett Jones down swinging, and opened the second inning with a strikeout of cleanup hitter Ryan Doumit. Miguel Tejada flashed the leather in just his second start at third, barehanding Steve Pearce’s ball and throwing it cleanly to first for the second out.  

The only ball that left the infield all night was Tillman’s final batter, Brandon Moss, who hit a shallow fly to right field.

The Orioles have designated either a two-inning stint or a 35-pitch threshold, so Tillman’s 33 throws were enough to end his night. Still, the right-hander was pleased with his ability to make the adjustments on his fastball and said he could have gone longer.

“Obviously I could have gone a little more, Tabata made me throw a few pitches there,” Tillman said of the 10-pitch at-bat. “But I felt strong. Even in the last couple pitches of the [second] inning. So, I felt good.”

Tillman’s last game situation was during Monday’s intrasquad contest, where he threw one scoreless inning and totaled 15 pitches.  But Friday’s cold and windy temperature helped put to rest any lingering worries about Tillman’s back. The 21-year-old was pulled out of his Feb. 21 workout early and missed his next scheduled bullpen session after suffering back spasms caused by falling asleep awkwardly on a couch.

Tillman said he didn’t feel any back tightness but took the proper precautions, getting in extra stretching and running out on the field early.  Following Friday’s outing, he planned on getting into the weight room to complete his workout, and was optimistic that his next outing would be 45-50 pitches.

Tillman also said his confidence this spring is like night and day when compared with a year ago.

“After building a relationship with the staff and the players it makes it a whole lot easier on me, and it makes it a lot easier to pitch too,” Tillman said. “Especially with my relationship with me and Wieters, that’s first and foremost, I think. So, it definitely helps. “

The Orioles have high hopes for Tillman, who is projected to be the team’s fifth starter. The 21-year-old  figures to be in a rotation that includes that includes Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergesen and Brian Matusz.

Pie: A go for Saturday

Update 6:20: Manager Dave Trembley confirmed that Pie, Reimold and Aubrey will all be in Saturday’s game. Reimold and Aubrey will split DH duties with Pie in the outfield.

Felix Pie was walking a little funny in the clubhouse on Friday afternoon, but he insisted he felt fine when he woke up this morning and expects to play in Saturday’s game.

“It’s good,” Pie said of the left quadriceps stretch he felt during yesterday’s game. “I’m ready to go.”

Given that Pie’s season ended on a left quadriceps strain last year, he admitted that he was initially a little scared when he felt the muscle stretch.

“I’m not worried [now] because I don’t feel any pain,” he said. “I feel much, much better this morning. I can walk normal.”

Pie said he got some treatment this morning and that he would be “ready to go” for the Orioles-Tigers game in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m. ET tomorrow.

*Also Michael Aubrey was not in the starting lineup but could still get an at-bat. Manager Dave Trembley said prior to Thursday’s game that the plan is for Aubrey to start on Saturday. I blogged Thursday about Aubrey saying he could get in at some point tonight. As far as I know, that’s still a possibility.

*Assuming the weather isn’t too harsh, Nolan Reimold will make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday. The Orioles have been cautious with Reimold this week,but he told me that the plan is for him to play in Lakeland. That would certainly be a positive sign for the club.

Game 2 Wrap: Rays 6, Orioles 5

Just a few notes as I look out onto the now-empty Charlotte Sports Park…

*The game story is up here, if you missed my updates on the blog and Twitter.

*The Orioles out-hit the Rays, 9-6 and got a strong showing from Brian Matusz.

*Felix Pie left the game early, but is still scheduled to play Saturday in Lakeland.

On Deck: Chris Tillman will pitch Friday’s night game with the Pirates coming to town. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. 

Game 2 Lineups and Morning Tidbits

Here is today’s lineups for the game in Port Charlotte against Tampa Bay. Start time is 1:05 and hopefully the wind isn’t quite as bad as yesterday…


Felix Pie CF
Robert Andino SS
Lou Montanez RF
Ty Wigginton 3B
Scott Moore DH
Jeff Salazar LF
Brandon Snyder 1B
Craig Tatum C
Blake Davis 2B

Brian Matusz LHP
Also expected to pitch: Koji Uehara Mark Hendrickson


Gabe Kapler, rf
Carl Crawford, lf
Evan Longoria, 3b
Carlos Pena, 1b
Pat Burrell, dh
Sean Rodriguez, ss
Kelly Shoppach, c
Reid Brignac, 2b
Fernando Perez, cf
Jeff Niemann, p

Also expected to pitch: Alex Torres, Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit, Lance Cormier and Dan

*I also spoke briefly with Mike Aubrey, who has been sidelined with a (non baseball-related) procedure he underwent last Thursday. He’s been practicing with the team, and said that manager Dave Trembley approached him this morning about getting in Friday’s night game against the Pirates. So that will likely be his Grapefruit League debut.

Aubrey said he’s not in any pain and isn’t limited in practice, but the club wants to be cautious with him and make sure that the stitches in his back are fully healed.

*Friday’s starter, Chris Tillman was checking the weather on his phone this morning, and was hopeful it won’t be too cold. “I can’t pitch in sleeves,” Tillman said. The early forecast is in the 60s, but it’s a night game so the temps could drop…

Off to Port Charlotte I go..Let’s hope my GPS gets me there safely!


More Intrasquad stuff

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That’s Chris Tillman warming up. He pitched the first inning for the orange team, struck out Robert Andino on four pitches and then allowed a double to Nick Markakis. Tillman said afterwards that he felt great, and that his back issue from earlier in camp, is a non issue.

“I’ve been 100 percent for the last two days,” Tillman said. “I was even allowed to lift today. I think that’s all in the rearview mirror, and we’re going forward from here.”

Tillman was opposed by Jake Arrieta, who was pleased to carry over some promising bullpen sessions out onto the mound. Arrieta threw only one breaking ball, to Miguel Tejada, and used the one-inning outing to keep the ball down in the zone.

[I’m] not too worried about being in and out right now, that will come later in Spring Training into the start of the season but really just working down at the knees, just trying to stay away from the letters,” Arrieta said. 

As for his breaking stuff and change-up, Arrieta said his goal this early in camp is just to make those pitches strikes.

“It’s hard to work on a lot of things in one inning of work,” he said. “What I really wanted to get comfortable with was my fastball with and I made some good pitches.”

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The above picture is Izturis warming up before the game.  Part of the orange team, Izzy started at shortstop with Tejada at third for the game’s first three innings.

The other notable pitcher in Monday’s game was Jim Johnson, who tossed a scoreless second inning. Johnson struck out Garrett Atkins on three pitches, and retired Lou Montanez on a pop-up to second.  Johnson said he used his offspeed more than he would during a regular game, throwing several to Justin Turner, who worked a walk.

Johnson didn’t allow a hit and threw seven of his 13 pitches for strikes.

“I was just trying to get a feel for things and get things progressing,” Johnson said. “It’s usually the last thing that come around in the spring is your feel. Your arm strength is usually the first to come and then you progress through your pitches.”

Given how early it is in Spring Training, Johnson said he “can’t complain” with how he’s throwing, so long as his arm feels good after Monday’s test.

“By throwing bullpens and stuff you really can’t gage because it’s not the same intensity of pitching in a game,” he said.  “So, [I’ll] see how the body reacts, I’m sure I’ll be fine. Everything feels good.”

Intrasquad game in pictures

Some of the notable early lines from the Orioles intrasquad game…

Chris Tillman- IP, H, K, 15 pitches total (11 K/4 BB)
Jake Arrieta- IP, H, 11 pitches total (6 K/5 BB)
Jim Johnson – IP B, K 13 pitches total (7 K/6 BB)

*Blake Davis had the game’s first RBI  in the top of the 2nd.

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A Tillman Note (that's not about his back)

Chris Tillman arrived at Sarasota early this year and according to Dave Trembley has added about eight pounds of muscle. When asked about what Tillman has to do differently this year to be successful, Trembley said it’s all about setting the tone at the beginning of each start.

“He has to establish better rhythm and be more aggressive,” Trembley said. “The first couple innings is when he seemed to be feeling for the strike zone and then he kind of got better. I think that goes with being a little more mature.”

To elaborate a little bit on the being more aggressive bit, Trembley  said specifically he would like to see Tillman use his fastball often and keep it down in the zone.

Tillman tossed his first live batting practice on Friday and is scheduled to toss in Monday’s intrasquad game.