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After rocky first inning in rehab debut, Orioles' Chris Tillman has 'a lot of work to do still'

After rocky first inning in rehab debut, Orioles' Chris Tillman has 'a lot of work to do still'

It’s difficult to look too much into Chris Tillman’s rocky rehabilitation assignment debut Wednesday night at Ripken Stadium.

The Orioles right-hander was making his first truly competitive mound appearance in nearly six weeks — transitioning from pitching on the back fields in Sarasota, Fla., to a minor league game environment — so his opening-inning command problems pitching for Short-A Aberdeen could be expected.

But sooner rather than later, the Orioles will expect to see results — ones much better than the two-inning, three-run performance Tillman gave against short-season hitters at Ripken Stadium — to show their $3 million investment in what was supposed to be the...

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