SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander
pitched 1 2/3 innings in his first
start of the year, allowing no runs on one hit and two walks in Wednesday night's split-squad game against the
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.