SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Chris Tillman will be the Baltimore Orioles' opening day starter for the third consecutive season.

Manager Buck Showalter said he considered Yovani Gallardo and Ubaldo Jimenez, but Tillman's experience was a factor.

Tillman was 11-11 with a 4.99 ERA last year. In the April 4 opener, the right-hander will oppose Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins. The last Baltimore pitcher to start three straight openers was Mike Mussina from 1998 to 2000.

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