Chris Tillman to start opening day for Orioles again

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Chris Tillman will be the Baltimore Orioles' opening day starter for the third consecutive season.

Manager Buck Showalter said he considered Yovani Gallardo and Ubaldo Jimenez, but Tillman's experience was a factor.

Tillman was 11-11 with a 4.99 ERA last year. In the April 4 opener, the right-hander will oppose Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins. The last Baltimore pitcher to start three straight openers was Mike Mussina from 1998 to 2000.

Showalter also said pitcher Kevin Gausman will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list. He has been slowed by shoulder tendinitis.

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