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With Chris Tillman still trying to overcome shoulder soreness that has put his Opening Day status in doubt, the Orioles are searching for his possible replacement in the starting rotation.
After two nights of First Four games, the 2017 NCAA Tournament really gets rolling on Thursday. Upsets will happen and drama will ensue as teams try to make their way to the Final Four in Phoenix.
This is the first time the Terps have made The Big Dance for three consecutive seasons since Hall of Famer Gary Williams led them to 11-straight from 1994 to 2004.
Unfortunately, Baltimore got some news on Thursday that has put somewhat of a damper on an otherwise festive last 24 hours or so.
Playing with a swagger that they haven’t shown in a couple of weeks, the Terps exploded in the second half to thump Rutgers 79-59.
The Orioles lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 on Monday night in Chavez Ravine. The loss was the Birds’ fifth-straight and trimmed their lead in the AL East to two games over the Boston Red Sox.
In need of a quality start, manager Buck Showalter turned to right-hander Chris Tillman to get it done. On Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles ace was up to the challenge.
The Birds registered a three-game sweep and in the process outscored last season’s World Series Champs 17-2. In Wednesday night’s series finale, Right-handers Chris Tillman and Brad Brach combined to shutout the Royals 4-0.
Boston has out-homered Baltimore 7-0 in the two contests. They have outscored the Orioles 13-4 in extending their lead in the AL East to three games.
The Birds are in first place in the AL East and have the second-best record in Major League Baseball. If they want to remain in their lofty position, their starting rotation needs to stabilize.
If the Birds are going to achieve big success this year, they are going to need center fielder Adam Jones to play like the outstanding performer that he is. After a slow start with the bat, it looks like Jones is starting to get back on track.
After winning the first two games, the Orioles had to settle for a series split with the Chicago White Sox. Not only did they lose the last two contests of the four-game set, the Birds lost their closer and starting shortstop as well.