Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will make his spring training debut Tuesday in a road game against the Toronto Blue Jays, a decision made necessary by his need for innings after a hip strain but contrary to manager Buck Showalter¿s previous desire to keep his starters away from division opponents.
It has not been a happy couple of days for Jimmy Paredes, whose attempt to show the Orioles that he can be a viable option in the outfield took a major hit when he rolled over his left wrist trying to make a play in Thursday's exhibition loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy hasn¿t worn No. 49 long enough to be attached to the jersey number, so when the team added right-hander Yovani Gallardo ¿ who has worn No. 49 over his entire major league career ¿ he easily gave it up.
Since then, neither Orioles starter has lasted more than five innings, placing an added load on the relievers. That's not necessarily a recipe for winnings, but despite being one man short, the Orioles bullpen has allowed just one hit over 8 2/3 innings the past two nights in a pair of wins over the Boston Red Sox.
As the Orioles open their three-game series tonight against the Red Sox, all eyes will be on former O¿s pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, who will make his third career big-league start tonight against his old team.