Tillman makes season debut as Orioles host White Sox
BALTIMORE — Chris Tillman makes his first start of the season for the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday as they try to complete a sweep of their three-game weekend series with the Chicago White Sox.
Tillman has been on the disabled list because of shoulder bursitis. He had been penciled in as the No. 1 starter for the Orioles this season, and even though the Baltimore starters have fared better than expected so far, his return should give the Orioles (19-10) a big lift.
The right-hander went 16-6 with a 3.77 ERA last year despite spending time on the disabled list in the second part of the season. Tillman has a 3-2 career record versus the White Sox with a 3.51 ERA.
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Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.10) starts for the White Sox (15-14) and tries to extend his personal winning streak to three games. He lost his first four decisions but is 2-0 with an 0.64 ERA in his last two starts.
Quintana has allowed one earned run in 14 innings with 17 strikeouts in those two wins.
The left-hander is 1-3 with a 3.82 career ERA versus the Orioles.
Meanwhile, Baltimore is dealing with a number of pitching and injury issues, which have been increasing in recent days.
Closer Zach Britton was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season Saturday, retroactive to Friday, because of a forearm strain. He is going to see a doctor in Los Angeles on Monday and likely will go to Sarasota after that to work on rehab.
Britton had just come off the disabled list earlier this week.
“I felt pretty good and wanted to come back to the team,” Britton said. “I was kind of over sitting on the bench watching games and felt I was in a good enough position to come back, but obviously I wasn’t.”
Gabriel Ynoa made his Orioles debut with six innings of shutout long relief on Friday. He came out of the game and his right hamstring was sore, the reason Baltimore placed him on the disabled list Saturday.
The Orioles replaced Britton and Ynoa by recalling pitchers Alec Asher and Logan Verrett from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday.
Jonathan Schoop saw his streak of 190 consecutive games started end Saturday as his right hand remained sore and a bit swollen after being hit by a pitch Friday. Wade Miley started that game and lasted only four hitters after getting hit by a pair of line drives.
He left due to a left wrist contusion but said Saturday that everything felt fine. Manager Buck Showalter expects Miley will be able to make his next start.
The lone injury issue for Chicago had to deal with was third baseman Todd Frazier.
He had missed two straight games because of back tightness but improved Friday and was able to play Saturday. Frazier went 0-for-4 but played the entire game.
“He came out early (on Saturday), took some ground balls, felt very, very good, did some early hitting and was ready to go,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.