With the club not wanting Zach Britton to use up a year of service time and Brad Bergesen still questionable with the bruised forearm, Chris Tillman could wind up winning the Orioles' final rotation spot by default.

However, he certainly isn't doing much to help this chances this afternoon. Through four innings, Tillman has allowed three runs on six hits and three walks as the Orioles trail 3-1 against a Boston Red Sox lineup that includes five regulars.

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Sure, J.D. Drew's two-run homer in the top of the third was wind-aided, but it's not like Tillman looks sharp otherwise.

He has two strikeouts, both in the first inning. He got one out on Matt Wieters' gunning down Marco Scutaro at second base, and another on a sliding play by Luke Scott in left field. His fastball has been consistently in the high 80's and he's thrown 70 pitches, only 43 for strikes.

Tillman is only 22 and I understand that there are going to be growing pains. But if you are the Orioles, it would certainly be nice to see the young right-hander seize one of the opportunities that he's getting. Britton has certainly done that this spring.

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