Till­man and Jimenez will start vs. Jays

Both have strug­gled in Toronto, but will have an ex­tra day’s rest

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Ed­uardo A. Encina eencina@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­dieInTheYard

TORONTO — As the Ori­oles play a piv­otal se­ries in Toronto, their play­off hopes will hinge on two starters who have strug­gled at Rogers Cen­tre.

Man­ager Buck Showal­ter an­nounced the next two starters for this se­ries: Right-han­der Chris Till­man will start tonight and right-han­der Ubaldo Jimenez will go in the se­ries fi­nale Thurs­day night. Till­man and Jimenez will start on one ex­tra day of rest, a lux­ury af­forded by the Ori­oles’ hav­ing six avail­able starters.

“We’re for­tu­nate to have a lot of guys pitch­ing fairly well right now and I think it’s im­por­tant to give guys some ex­tra time if you can,” Showal­ter said.

Till­man will be mak­ing his first start since his short­est out­ing of the year, a 12⁄ in­ning start Thurs­day that com­pleted a four-game home sweep of the Ori­oles by the Bos­ton Red Sox and raised ques­tions about whether Till­man had re­cov­ered fully from the shoul­der bur­si­tis that placed him on the dis­abled list.

Till­man and Showal­ter have re­peat­edly said that Till­man is as healthy as he can be for the fi­nal week of the sea­son.

“Tilly is one of those guys,” Showal­ter said. “I would never sell him short. Usu­ally, those types of things, I’ve seen him get right back on the horse real quick. Phys­i­cally, go­ing into the game, he’s fine, other than the wear and tear of a sea­son, like any­body.”

Till­man is 2-6 with a 7.51 ERA in 12 ca­reer starts at Rogers Cen­tre. He fell one out short of a qual­ity start in his most re­cent ap­pear­ance in Toronto, hold­ing the Blue Jays to two runs on five hits over 52⁄ in­nings July 31.

Jimenez’s last start at Rogers Cen­tre was his short­est of the sea­son. He lasted just a third of an in­ning, al­low­ing five runs on six hits in a 10-9 loss June 12. That led to his be­ing sent to the bullpen for the first of two times.

How­ever, over his past six starts — since he re­cap­tured a ro­ta­tion spot when Till­man went on the dis­abled list — Jimenez has a 2.85 ERA and is hold­ing op­pos­ing hit­ters to a .186 bat­ting av­er­age.

“You look at his last six starts and they’re about as good as you want to see,” Showal­ter said.

Left-han­der Wade Mi­ley, who was away from the team for the birth of his baby boy Tues­day, is sched­uled to re­join the club in New York, where he could start Fri­day or Satur­day against the Yan­kees.

Right-han­der Yo­vani Gal­lardo would also be in line to pitch in New York, and right-han­der Kevin Gaus­man could slot into the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale at Yan­kee Sta­dium, where he has a1.32 ERAin two starts. Gaus­man is 2-1with a 0.80 ERAin five starts against the Yan­kees over­all. Till­man Jimenez Jones: ‘We’re play­ing with house money’: Be­fore Tues­day night’s se­ries opener, Ori­oles cen­ter fielder Adam Jones was en­er­gized about ar­riv­ing at Rogers Cen­tre with the op­por­tu­nity to tie the Blue Jays for the top Amer­i­can League wild-card spot with a win. The Ori­oles en­tered the night trail­ing Toronto by one game.

“A win for the Ori­oles opens the door for the Ori­oles,” Jones said be­fore Tues­day night’s 5-1loss. “Wewinandwe con­trol our own­des­tiny. You worry about oth­ers and you will not be in that des­tiny. We just need to han­dle what we can han­dle, con­trol what we can con­trol. I know it’s cliche and I’m not a real cliche kind of guy, but that’s just the truth with six games to go. We’re play­ing with house money. Wew­eren’t sup­posed to be here. I think that’s been well doc­u­mented by PECOTAan­dall their pre­dic­tions and all the ex­perts who didn’t know they were one of the 19,000, but they’re ex­perts. We’re play­ing with house money. I think that’s how we all look at it. Now let’s go do some­thing with it.” Around the horn: Closer Zach Brit­ton’s save Sun­day was the 14th in which he en­tered the game with a one-run lead. Ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bu­reau, he is the only pitcher in the ma­jors to have saved more than three games with a one-run lead with­out a blown save. … The Ori­oles are 7-10 against the Blue Jays this sea­son.

Starters: Mi­ley (9-13, 5.40) or TBA vs. Yan­kees’ Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.78) or TBA

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