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Dustin Pedroia

When Orioles have needed a fifth starter, pitchers have come through with quality starts

When Orioles have needed a fifth starter, pitchers have come through with quality starts

The pending return of Orioles veteran starter Chris Tillman means that even with a month on the shelf due to his shoulder issue, the team has only needed to reach outside of its top four starters four times.

Three were in a fifth starter’s spot in the rotation, one was Thursday under unique circumstances with Tyler Wilson, and all four gave them quality starts.

In a season when manager Buck Showalter spent the spring touting the quality depth — as opposed to depth for depth's sake — on the starting pitching side, he’s glad it has showed itself early.

“We said that coming out of spring, we thought in that department we were going to be able to cover ourselves a little bit...

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