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

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As expected, Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced that Chris Tillman will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals.

Tillman started Game 1 of the ALDS versus the Tigers and allowed two runs in five innings of an Orioles blowout victory.

Tillman topped 200 innings in each of the past two seasons and sliced his ERA from 3.71 last year to 3.34 this year despite striking out nearly 20 percent fewer batters per nine innings.

He’ll match up against James Shields on Friday night.