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Now armed with slider, Orioles' Chris Tillman comes through with best start of season

Now armed with slider, Orioles' Chris Tillman comes through with best start of season

After an interminable first inning against a foe that crushed him all through 2015, a slider that Orioles starter Chris Tillman is only now growing comfortable with helped him regain control and pitch his best start of the season.

Tillman needed 55 pitches to get through a tenuous first two innings in Thursday's 3-2, come-from-behind win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards. But he settled in to allow two runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings thanks to his newfound faith in the slider he has been working on for years.

It wasn't his best pitch of the night — that distinction, he said, went to his curveball. But it was a big part of...

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