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The day after Orioles Re-Opening Day game thread: vs. Blue Jays, 7:05

Chris Tillman is typically bad in April and May, as well as against several Blue Jays hitters. The Orioles and Tillman will need to overcome that for the team to take down the second game of their series against Toronto.

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Re-Opening Day was fun. I know because I was there. Now it's the first day of the rest of the season and there's nothing special about it. It's just a game. Some people will be there. They'll sing two national anthems - although there is not, I learned last night, a Canada: The Montage to show on the Jumbotron during that anthem like there is America: The Montage during the Star-Spangled Banner.

Chris Tillman is whatever he is in April and May, and it's still May. Also, Blue Jays batters have a combined 152 plate appearances against Tillman and are batting a combined .284/.362/.493. That is not good - especially considering about a third of them are against Edwin Encarnacion, and Tillman's held him to decent numbers (.740 OPS) so for the most part he's bad against everybody else.

The Orioles hitters have their own positives against Jays starter Mark Buehrle. The two O's who've seen him the most - Delmon Young and Adam Jones - have a combined 99 PA against Buehrle and they each have over a 1.000 OPS against him. Others have done well in more limited action, like Caleb Joseph's four hits in eight at-bats, including a home run, and Chris Davis having two home runs in 25 at-bats against Buehrle. J.J. Hardy (.433 OPS in 31 PA) has not done so well.

Today's Lineups

Ezequiel Carrera - LF Manny Machado - 3B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Jimmy Paredes - DH
Jose Bautista - DH Adam Jones - CF
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B Delmon Young - RF
Russell Martin - C Chris Davis - 1B
Chris Colabello - RF Steve Pearce - 2B
Kevin Pillar - CF J.J. Hardy - SS
Ryan Goins - SS Travis Snider - LF
Steve Tolleson - 2B Caleb Joseph - C
Mark Buehrle - LHP Chris Tillman - RHP