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Chris Tillman will start game one for Baltimore Orioles, Buck Showalter says

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman will start game one of the American League Championship Series against the Royals.
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman will start game one of the American League Championship Series against the Royals. The Associated Press

Orioles manager Buck Showalter got around to naming his game one starter. And no surprise, it’s Chris Tillman.

Tillman went 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA on the season and had one of his best games against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 16, a 4-0 shutout victory. It was his only start against the Royals this season.

He also threw the opener of the Division Series sweep of the Tigers, a game won by the Orioles 12-3. Tillman went five innings and struck out six. He gave up back-to-back home runs by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez but left the game with a 3-2 lead.

No game two starter has been named, but Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris started the second and third games against the Tigers.

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