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Tillman takes a licking

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It wasn't another rainout, but it poured on Chris Tillman in New York on Wednesday night.

The young right-hander lasted just 1 2/3 innings, having allowed six earned runs on nine hits and a walk. Tillman struck out two and allowed a home run on 57 pitches.

It was Tillman's shortest outing since June 2010, and his ERA more than doubled from 3.38 to 7.30.

Granted it was the Yankees -- in the Bronx, no less -- that were beating the ball all the yard. But Tillman needs to make some strides toward more consistency on the mound. It was his second poor start in a row, after he allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings April 7 against the Tigers.

The Orioles are unlikely to demote Tillman, in part because he represents a healthy, experienced arm -- which is more than the club could say about many of its options.

When Brian Matusz and/or Justin Duchscherer returns from injuries -- optimistically at the end of this month -- then Tillman's role on the roster might come into question. In the meantime, chalk up Wednesday as merely a poor outing.

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