Chris Tillman will start Game 1 of the ALDS for the Orioles

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced today that right-hander Chris Tillman will get the Game 1 start in the ALDS, saying “he carries that torch well.”

Tillman has topped 200 innings for the second straight season, posting a 3.26 ERA that bests last year’s 3.71 mark despite a sizable drop in strikeouts.

No announcement has been made for the rest of the playoff rotation, but right now it looks like the Orioles are leaning toward Wei-Yin Chen in Game 2 and Miguel Gonzalez in Game 3. And that would mean standout rookie Kevin Gausman in Game 4 and/or possibly in a bullpen role.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”