Buck Showalter continues to make the tough decisions. Jason Hammel was named the Orioles Opening Day starter earlier this week and on Tuesday Showalter announced that Chris Tillman will pitch the O’s fifth game against the Twins on April 6.
The O’s beat writers are all expecting Jake Arrieta to win the fourth spot in the rotation, which is notable because that’s the O’s home opener. Assuming Arrieta gets the nod, it would be his third consecutive season pitching in the first game at Camden Yards.
He earned the win against Minnesota last season with a 7 inning performance in which he allowed just two hits. After a great spring, the O’s are hoping he’ll repeat that effort against the same opponent.