March 31, 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Chris Tillman has been selected to start the Baltimore Orioles' opener at Tampa Bay on April 6.

Manager Buck Showalter picked Tillman as his opening-day starter for the second consecutive season.

Tillman was 13-6 with a 3.34 ERA last season for the AL East champion Orioles. The 26-year-old is set to become the first Baltimore pitcher to start consecutive openers since Jeremy Guthrie in 2008 and `09.

Tillman has a final tuneup against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

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