Chris Tillman makes his spring debut against the Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander

Chris Tillman

pitched 1 2/3 innings in his first

Grapefruit League

start of the year, allowing no runs on one hit and two walks in Wednesday night's split-squad game against the

Boston Red Sox

at Ed Smith Stadium.

Tillman threw 43 pitches, 22 of them for strikes. He labored a bit, but said he was OK with his performance.


“Yeah, first time out, I'm not really disappointed,'' Tillman said. “I felt OK. Command was spotty at best. I guess you kind of expect that the first time out, but other than that I felt pretty good.”

If the mission was to get out there and air it out, it was a successful outing. His velocity topped out at 93 mph.

“You try to work on fastball command early,'' Tillman said. “That's what it's all about the first time out. Mix up my pitches. Fastball, changeup there. Breaking stuff is not where it needs to be right now, but that's typical at this time in spring.”