Orioles-Blue Jays games in Toronto no longer your typical slugfests

Chris Colabello

Chris Tillman's rough first spring start continues troubling trend for Orioles starters

Chris Tillman's rough first spring start continues troubling trend for Orioles starters

It was just Chris Tillman's first Grapefruit League start, and second game action of the spring after being limited by a hip strain that pushed back his debut.

Yet his outing Tuesday — in which he walked to the edge of the cliff, loaded the bases against the heart of the Toronto Blue Jays lineup in the second inning and was pulled back into the dugout by manager Buck Showalter after reaching his pitch count — fits too comfortably into the growing concern about the starting rotation to be qualified by that.

It's early for everyone, but for a staff that entered the season with questions, answers have been few.

"They know what the competition is going to be...

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