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Chris Tillman scratched from Norfolk start, but still with team

By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun

4:53 PM EDT, July 2, 2012

SEATTLE

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Right-hander Chris Tillman has been scratched from tonight's schedules start for Triple-A Norfolk against Syracuse.

The Orioles have starting rotation spots open for Thursday and Friday's games in Anaheim, so it could be an indication that Tillman is heading west to join the club. As of late Monday afternoon, Tillman was still with the Tides.

Right-hander Tim Bascom has been promoted from Double-A Bowie to make tonight's start for the Tides.

Tillman is 8-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 16 appearances (15 starts) with Norfolk. He's won four of his last five starts and has allowed three or fewer earned runs in eight of his last 10 decisions.

Over his past three starts, Tillman is 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA and 23 strikesouts and 3 walks.

Bascom, the organization's minor-league pitcher of the year last season, was 4-5 with a 4.17 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) at Bowie.

Left-hander Brian Matusz and right-hander Tommy Hunter, both optioned to Norfolk over the weekend, will join the Norfolk rotation this week.