Tillman's done for the day (updated)

Tillman's done for the day (updated)
Chris Tillman gave up six hits today. Two were triples. Two were home runs. Not the extra-base ratio he sought in his return to the majors, but the Rays managed only three runs in 5 1/3 innings and he stood to be the winner if the bullpen could hold onto a 4-3 lead. It didn't. Pinch-hitter Reid Brignac greeted reliever Jim Johnson with a single and B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer, the ball traveling an estimated 410 feet. Tillman will have to settle for a no-decision. Evan Longoria's...
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Ripken reflects on Machado

Ripken reflects on Machado
Cal Ripken has watched first-round pick Manny Machado at Aberdeen and offers the following scouting report on the young shortstop: "I like the size, I like the strength. He made a couple of plays in the field really easy, and I like the way the ball jumped off his bat. He's definitely got some good size to him." A big guy like that can play shortstop? Ripken smiled. "A big guy like that can play shortstop," he replied. "He's got the right frame for a shortstop." Chris Tillman has...
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Showalter reflects on Ripken

Showalter reflects on Ripken
Cal Ripken's ceremonial first pitch was a perfect strike to Jake Fox. Knowing Cal, that shouldn't come as a surprise. Seeing Fox behind the plate was the shocker. But I digress... It was nice of the Rays to stand and applaud Ripken as he walked to the mound. They moved to the top step of the dugout. They stopped playing catch. Evan Longoria stood the closest to home plate, and he might have been clapping the hardest. Buck Showalter was managing the Yankees on the nights that Ripken tied...
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Orioles lineup (and more)

Orioles lineup (and more)
Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Felix Pie LF Corey Patterson CF Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Josh Bell 3B Chris Tillman RHP For the Rays: Jaso DH Zobrist 1B Crawford LF Longoria 3B Joyce RF Rodriguez 2B Upton CF Navarro C Bartlett SS Davis RHP Cal Ripken will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to celebrate the 15th anniversary of 2,130. No need to explain the significance of that number. Also, the Brooks Robinson replica jerseys are now available. They...
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More post-game chatter

More post-game chatter
Tonight's attendance: 18,943. Buck Showalter has won more games as Orioles manager this year (18) than Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel. They don't hand out trophies for that accomplishment, but it's worth noting. Jeremy Guthrie set a season high with seven strikeouts tonight. He matched his season high with 116 pitches. He's gone at least six innings in 10 straight outings, with eight quality starts during that span. Is this the strongest Guthrie has felt this late in a season? "I...
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Showalter notches No. 900

Showalter notches No. 900
Buck Showalter won his 900th game as manager, a feat that didn't leave a lump in his throat. More like a shrug in his shoulders. "My daughter called me a couple nights ago and left me a message, so she made me aware of it and I'd forgotten it a little bit," he said. "It means I've had some good players and someone's given me an opportunity to do this a long time. That's about the extent of it. I've had a lot of losses, too. You got them?" Yes, 846. "I remember just about every...
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Let's go to the tape (updated)

Let's go to the tape (updated)
Luke Scott thought he hit a home run in the fifth inning. The umpires ruled that he hit a double. Scott wasn't convinced, and neither was manager Buck Showalter. Instant replay came into play at Camden Yards for the second time this season, and Scott lost his argument. He had to settle for a double on a ball that hit the orange AT&T sign in right-center field, not above it. Scott was circling his arm over his head as he chugged into second base, baseball's universal home run sign. Nice...
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One batter, one deficit (updated)

One batter, one deficit (updated)
That didn't take long. John Jaso, the rare leadoff-hitting catcher, got hold of a 93 mph fastball from Jeremy Guthrie and drove it 436 feet into the seats in right-center field. So much for back-to-back scoreless outings. You'll recall that the Angels couldn't push across a run against Guthrie in 8 1/3 innings. The Rays did it in one batter. Guthrie has posted a 2.51 ERA in nine second-half starts. He's got a 2.79 ERA in three quality starts against the Rays this season, though he's...
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Talking Tillman and Hendrickson

Talking Tillman and Hendrickson
Chris Tillman hasn't been promised a specific number of starts over these final weeks of the season. He takes the ball tomorrow for the first time in the majors since July 19. That's the only guarantee. "He's going to get an opportunity to pitch tomorrow," manager Buck Showalter said. "I haven't seen him pitch other than on tape and everybody here has, so I'm kind of the last guy. We'll see after tomorrow's start where we go." It's Tillman's turn to be evaluated. "You've just...
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Jones update

Jones update
Still no Adam Jones, who continues to receive treatment on his sore upper back. He's also allowing the cortisone injection that he received Thursday night to work its magic. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells is upbeat about the progress that Jones has made, according to manager Buck Showalter, but don't look for the center fielder in tomorrow's lineup. He probably won't be there. "He's a little better today, but I don't think him playing is imminent," Showalter said. "I think it...
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Orioles lineup (and Rays)

Orioles lineup (and Rays)
Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Felix Pie LF Matt Wieters C Julio Lugo 3B Corey Patterson CF Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP Here's Tampa Bay's lineup: Jaso C Zobrist 2B Crawford LF Longoria 3B Pena 1B Joyce RF Hawpe DH Upton CF Bartlett SS Shields RHP
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Buck's seeing it all

Buck's seeing it all
I've got a busy morning ahead of me, which includes a three-hour stint on "Wall to Wall Baseball" with Tom Davis and Dave Johnson. The first hour, beginning at 11 a.m., will air on MASN. You can catch the entire show on ESPN Radio 1300. Or you can sleep late. Depends what you did last night. Do you get the feeling that Orioles manager Buck Showalter is looking at life from both sides now (see if that song sticks in your head for a while.) Showalter has seen the good. A lot more than he...
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Post-game Showalter

Post-game Showalter
Tonight's attendance: 13,507. Welcome to the first three-game losing streak under manager Buck Showalter. "(Matt) Garza's got good stuff, but there's some things we've got to do better," Showalter said. "We missed the cutoff man, cost us a run. And a couple other things we'll correct." How about that 5-32 record against AL East opponents besides the Red Sox? Kevin Millwood lost his 15th game, which leads the majors. This is the first time he failed to complete six innings since...
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Garza's not making any friends

Garza's not making any friends
It's one thing to tick off the opposing team. It's quite another to rile your own manager. Matt Garza was upset that Rays manager Joe Maddon removed him from tonight's game with two on and two outs in the sixth. He had just issued his second walk of the inning, losing Corey Patterson on four pitches, but still held a 4-1 lead. Garza began to walk off the mound before Maddon reached it, showing up his manager in the process. Maddon took the ball from him, turned and shouted something at his...
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In-game updates

In-game updates
This game is getting away from the Orioles. The Rays scored twice in the third inning and twice in the fourth to stake Matt Garza to a 4-0 lead. If you still feel good about this one, I admire your loyalty. Or you're still at Happy Hour. Either way, props to you. Just root and drink responsibly. Rick VandenHurk was warming in the bullpen, but he sat down after Kevin Millwood struck out Carl Crawford to end the fourth. Millwood has allowed six hits, walked three and thrown 73...
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Scoreless first for Millwood

Scoreless first for Millwood
It's that time again when I remind everyone how Kevin Millwood usually gives up runs in the first inning. He didn't run into the run problem in his last start, blanking the Angels on six hits over eight innings, and he stranded Carl Crawford on third base and Evan Longoria on first tonight. Millwood retired Carlos Pena on a popup to shortstop Cesar Izturis, leaving his first-inning run total this season at 38. This is only the fifth time in his last 18 starts that Millwood didn't allow at...
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More pre-game notes

More pre-game notes
Rays pitcher Matt Garza doesn't lack for confidence and he doesn't worry about firing up the opposition. He challenged the Orioles today in a St. Petersburg Times notebook item, still fuming over the four home runs he surrendered against them on July 20, which prompted this response from manager Buck Showalter: "There are a lot of people who feel that way that just don't say it publicly, so what's the difference? A lot of them feel that way. He's certainly a good pitcher and that was a...
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Tillman on his way (updated)

Tillman on his way (updated)
Chris Tillman has been summoned from Triple-A Norfolk and will join the Orioles later tonight or tomorrow. Kevin Millwood is starting tonight, and Jeremy Guthrie goes tomorrow. Sunday's slot is being left open, and Tillman is going to fill it. He'll be working on normal rest. Everyone else in the rotation gets pushed back, bringing the expected six-man rotation. The names will likely change over the course of the month, however, as the young starters reach their innings limits. Adam...
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Orioles lineup

Orioles lineup
Brian Roberts 2B Nick Markakis RF Ty Wigginton 1B Luke Scott DH Felix Pie LF Corey Patterson CF Matt Wieters C Cesar Izturis SS Josh Bell 3B Kevin Millwood RHP
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While waiting for the lineup...

While waiting for the lineup...
The Orioles haven't posted their lineup yet. Still checking on the wounded. Outfielder Corey Patterson told me that he swung in the indoor cage earlier and is "good to go." He's been receiving treatment for a sore neck that restricted him to bunting duties last night.
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