Now it's five: Tillman named AL All-Star
July 14, 2013, 5:15 pm
Chris Tillman headed to the All-Star Game
BALTIMORE – Just before Sunday’s game, the four Orioles named to the All-Star team trotted out on the field for a brief ceremony where they were handed jerseys.
After Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis and Adam Jones ran out to bask in the applause of the crowd, there was a little surprise. Chris Tillman was announced as the Orioles’ fifth All-Star for Tuesday’s game at New York’s Citi Field.
Tillman will be replacing Detroit’s Justin Verlander, who started on Sunday. He’s 11-3 with a 3.95 ERA. Only the Tigers’ Max Scherzer, Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore with 13 and Oakland’s Bartolo Colon with 12 have more wins among American Leaguers.
“It was a big surprise. I found out earlier today, kind of scrambling to get everything ready last minute. A big honor to be going to something like this,” Tillman said.
On Saturday, Tillman found out he could be going, but it wasn’t officially until about a half-hour before gametime when Verlander began his game.
“I had made plans to go down to North Carolina and enjoy my break there. It’s special. Like I said it’s a big honor to go do something like this, especially to be able to go with so many teammates, I think it’s big,” Tillman said.
Tillman, who was obtained along with Jones in Feb. 2008 from Seattle, was 7-15 in parts of his first three big league seasons. Last year, he was 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA after he came up just over a year ago.
“It's a great moment for him and he deserves it. He's been solid for us," manager Buck Showalter said.
“He's not a secret, I can tell you that, around the league. A lot of people were on him. He wasn't drafted here. He got here in a trade. Somebody else is real smart. Not me, but somebody was smart getting him here. We're lucky to have him. He's got an interesting future."
It’s the first time since 1997 that the Orioles have five representatives. That year, they had six: Roberto Alomar, Brady Anderson, Jimmy Key, Mike Mussina, Randy Myers and Cal Ripken.
Machado, Davis and Tillman are first-time All-Stars. It’s the second time for Hardy and third time for Jones.