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Baltimore at Los Angeles

Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
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Chris Tillman's first career win came against his hometown Los Angeles Angels, but he just missed out pitching in Anaheim for the first time last season.

The Baltimore Orioles right-hander will finally get that chance in Thursday night's series opener.

Acquired from Seattle in the 2008 Erik Bedard deal that brought Adam Jones to Baltimore, Tillman (1-1, 4.73 ERA) needed four career starts to earn his first major league victory, a 16-6 win over the Angels on Aug. 14, 2009.

The right-hander, a former standout at Fountain Valley High School - the same school Angels starter C.J. Wilson attended - nearly made his first professional start in Anaheim during the Orioles' second visit last season from July 5-8. Tillman, though, was sent down the day before that series after a one-day call-up resulted in him picking up a victory in Seattle in his first appearance of the season.

Tillman, who earned his first win of the season with six strong innings in Saturday's 7-3 victory over Oakland, will now try to help the Orioles (16-12) bounce back after dropping two of three in Seattle.

Baltimore, an 8-3 loser on Wednesday, is 1-3 since opening a season-high 11-game trip with three victories.

The Angels (10-17), meanwhile, are back in town after Wednesday's 5-4 victory over the A's ended a 2-5 trip and a four-game skid.

"A win's a win," right fielder Mark Trumbo said. "It was probably more of a nail-biter than we would have liked."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia likes what he's seeing from Trumbo, who could match a career high by homering in four straight.

"Trum is definitely finding his comfort level in the box," Scioscia said.

Trumbo's three homers led the Angels as they took seven of nine from the Orioles last season, but he's gone deep just once in 50 home at-bats.

The Angels, despite their struggles, have won six of their last eight in Anaheim. Continuing that run, and the staff's 22-inning scoreless streak at home against Baltimore, could be difficult with Joe Blanton (0-4, 7.09) taking the ball on Thursday. Los Angeles hasn't won any of his five starts after he surrendered all of the runs in Saturday's 3-2 loss at Seattle.

"Everything is just a little off right now," said Blanton, who walked a season-high four. "... It needs to be cleaned up."

Heading home might help former MVP Josh Hamilton find his hitting stroke, as he's batting .298 in Anaheim compared to .154 on the road. Hamilton, a .342 career hitter off Orioles pitching before going 0 for 4 in the winner-take-all wild-card loss to Baltimore on Oct. 5, has no hits and three strikeouts in six at-bats versus Tillman.

The only other active Angels with plate appearances against Tillman are Erick Aybar (0 for 3) and Brendan Harris (1 for 2).

Orioles leadoff hitter Nate McLouth, batting .417 (10 for 24) on the trip, is 3 for 15 with a homer off Blanton. Nick Markakis has twice as many hits against the right-hander in three fewer at-bats.

Third baseman Manny Machado might be an even tougher out. He's batting .419 (18 for 43) during a team-best 10-game hitting streak and homered and doubled in Wednesday's loss.

The Orioles have won two of 10 in Anaheim since 2011.

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Probable Starters

Chris Tillman, RHP
2013 stats
26.2 Innings Pitched 26.2
1-1 Wins-Losses 0-4
4.73 Earned Run Average 7.09
13 Walks 9
25 Strikeouts 13
99 Pitches Per Start 92
Career vs. opponent
6.2 Innings Pitched 42.0
1-0 Wins-Losses 2-2
4.05 Earned Run Average 5.36

Joe Blanton, RHP
Weather
weather image  Sunny. Pleasantly warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
89°F56°F9mph/NE12%5%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Baltimore1st AL East7756.579-6-4 W 2
Los Angeles1st AL West8053.602-7-3 W 3
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Joe Blanton
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Casilla32000.667
Wieters32000.667
Davis32101.667
Markakis126111.500
Pearce62102.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Chris Tillman
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Harris21000.500
Blanton000000
Brasier000000
Conger000000
Cousins000000
 

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Injuries
Baltimore
PlayerInjury
M. MachadoKnee
S. PearceAbdominen
J. SantanaShoulder
M. WietersElbow
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
R. BrasierForearm
S. BurnettElbow
G. GreenBack
B. MoranElbow
G. RichardsKnee
T. SkaggsElbow
J. ThatcherAnkle
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 14LAAOAK 3-2Johnson Frieri 
Apr 15LAAOAK 10-9Johnson Herrera 
Apr 16LAALAA 5-4Smith Pomeranz 
May 30OAKOAK 9-5Pomeranz Richards 
May 31OAKOAK 11-3Rodriguez Skaggs 
Jun 1OAKOAK 6-3Gray Weaver 
Jun 9LAALAA 4-1Richards Chavez 
Jun 10LAALAA 2-1Rasmus Francis 
Jun 11LAAOAK 7-1Milone Weaver 
Aug 22OAKOAK 5-3Gray Grilli 
Aug 23OAKOAK 2-1Gregerson Smith 
Aug 24OAKLAA 9-4Weaver Kazmir 
Aug 28LAALAA 4-3Salas Cook 
Aug 29LAA10:05 PM EDT  
Aug 30LAA 9:05 PM EDT  
Aug 31LAA 3:35 PM EDT  
Sep 22OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 23OAK10:05 PM EDT  
Sep 24OAK 3:35 PM EDT