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Baltimore Orioles send Chris Tillman to the Mound in Search of 15th Win

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It has been an impressive year thus far for Baltimore Orioles ace Chris Tillman. At 14-3, Tillman is tied for second among American League pitchers in wins and will look to join Toronto Blue Jays’ pitcher J.A. Happ as the first two AL pitchers to win 15 games on Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox.

Tillman has had two tries and has failed both times allowing 14 runs on eight hits in 10 2/3 innings.

Since the all-star break, Tillman is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA.  He is also tied for the fifth-highest winning percentage among qualifying Major League pitchers this season with a minimum of 15 decisions.

Tillman is 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA in five career outings, two quality starts against the White Sox. He is 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA in three career starts at U.S. Cellular Field and is making his first start against the Sox this season.

On the road this season, Tillman is 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 10 starts. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 47 of his last 65 road starts dating back to July 4, 2012 and over his 84 career road starts for the Birds, he has gone 35-23 with a 4.30 ERA and 40 quality starts.

The White Sox will counter with left-hander Carlos Rodon. Rodin is  0-4 with a 4.89 ERA, 47 strikeouts and a .317 opponents average against over his last eight starts.

He also is 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA and 24 strikeouts in four starts vs. the American League East this season and 1-5 with a 6.44 ERA (31 ER/43.1 IP) and 43 strikeouts over nine appearances in his career.

Rodon lost to the Orioles earlier this season and is 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA against them in his career.

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