"I enjoyed it. It was fun,'' Tillman said. "It was just good getting back out there. Physically, I felt good. My stuff was good. The offspeed stuff still wasn't all the way there. That's still something I've got to work on. But, for the most part, I was happy with it."
Tillman wasn't so effective in his previous appearance -- allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits over two innings last Tuesday against Boston -- but since then he worked with pitching coach Rick Adair on some adjustments in between starts.
"It went well,'' he said. "It was much better yesterday. We're going to continue it, probably today and until my next start, and hopefully look for the same results the next time."
Showalter and Adair both have pointed to Tillman's improved strength and conditioning to explain his ability to repeat his delivery better this spring. Tillman confirmed that he is much more confident with his delivery than he was last year.