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Chris Tillman to make next start in minor league exhibition (and other notes)

SARASOTA, FLA. — Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will make his next start in a minor league exhibition game Saturday against the Puerto Rico developmental team, rather than pitch in that day's Grapefruit Leagie game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Manager Buck Showalter said he isn't intentionally keeping Tillman away from the division-rival Rays, the Orioles' opening-series opponent, saying that pitching coach Dave Wallace preferred the controlled environment of the other game.

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"I'm kind of over that, keeping [pitchers] away from people," Showalter said. "There's no secrets here. Tillman's pitched how many games against them? Chances are he's not going to see many guys from their [major league] lineup anyway."

** Showalter said it's possible the team makes one roster cut today, but he expected multiple cuts on Saturday.

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** Ubaldo Jimenez will make his next start Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin. Right-hander Aaron Sanchez will start for Toronto. Jimenez struck out five and walked three while allowing one run over two-plus innings against the Minnesota Twins in his most recent outing. That was an improvement over his first spring start, when he allowed six runs (five earned) over 1 1/3 innings on March 3.

** Showalter said he currently isn't planning to give Steve Pearce any spring innings at third base, but "it's still in the back of our mind."

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