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The weather might put a damper on the Kansas City Royals' running game in tonight's American League Championship Series opener, but the Orioles' best weapon for stifling their speed in Game 1 might be on the mound.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman has allowed just two stolen bases in the past two seasons. Attempted base-stealers are just 2-for-13 against him.

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Tillman has allowed just one steal this season in a career-high 207 1/3 innings. That stolen base came Aug. 3 at home against the Seattle Mariners on a play in which catcher Nick Hundley was blocked by the batter.

Going into the 2013 season, Tillman had allowed 13 stolen bases on 24 attempts in his major league career.

Over the years, Tillman has worked on having a smoother delivery and quicker time to the plate, which has been a focus of manager Buck Showalter's to control the running game. He also has incorporated a pulse step with his left leg when pitching from the stretch.

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