After his breakout performance last year in which he became the first Orioles pitcher since 1999 to win at least 16 games in a season, right-hander Chris Tillman was the club's expected choice to start Opening Day, March 31, at Camden Yards against the world champion Boston Red Sox.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter made it official today, giving Tillman the somewhat ceremonial -- yet significant -- assignment.
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I think this is a well-deserved reward for his performance last year, and his strong spring to date. Jimenez may turn out to be the O's true #1, but for now, this is as it should be.
Way to go Chris!!