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Orioles place Chris Tillman on 10-day disabled list

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The Orioles placed right-hander Chris Tillman on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain, the team announced Friday. In a corresponding move, reliever Jimmy Yacabonis was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

The move comes one day after Tillman’s last start, during which he tossed 1 1/3 innings of six-run, three-walk, zero-strikeout ball in an 11-6 win over the Royals. Over his last two starts with the club, he’s issued a cumulative 13 runs on 11 hits and four walks… in just 2 1/3 innings. In fact, the 30-year-old righty has had difficulty striking the right balance all year, with a 1-5 record in seven starts and a 10.46 ERA, 5.7 BB/9 and 4.4 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings.

There’s no estimated timetable for Tillman’s return just yet. The veteran starter inked a one-year, $3 million deal with the club back in February and was expected to try to bounce back from the career-worst performance he delivered in 2017. Whether this move spells the end of his decade-long tenure in Baltimore’s rotation remains to be seen.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.