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Britton and Tillman finish up; Orioles lead 6-3

Chris Tillman and Zach Britton are close friends and they also are the two leading candidates for the Orioles' fifth starter job. They both pitched today, but you could probably learn a little more from Tillman's outing because it was against a big league team (cue the Pittsburgh Pirates' jokes but I'm not going there).

Against the Pirates, Tillman allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks while striking out two over four innings. The defense was pretty bad behind him, though Tillman didn't help matters by running too many deep counts. He threw 71 pitches, 43 for strikes.

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Meanwhile, Britton faced Single-A players from the Tampa Bay Rays at a minor league game today at Twin Lakes Park. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out three. A couple of innings were extended to satisfy Britton's pitch count and one was rolled over after he recorded only one out in the frame. Britton has thrown nine scoreless innings against Grapefruit League teams this spring but his latest outing won't count against his statistics.

The Orioles are leading the big league game 6-3 in the sixth inning. Jeremy Accardo, who had thrown seven scoreless innings before today, just allowed two runs in the bottom of the fifth. One was unearned.

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