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DETROIT -- Chris Tillman returns just in time to face a team he has dominated throughout his career. Kyle Hendricks Jersey .The Baltimore Orioles ace will be activated from the 15-day disabled list and start the finale of a three-game series on Sunday in Detroit. Hell be opposed by Tigers ace Justin Verlander in a powerhouse matchup.Tillman made a quick recovery from right shoulder bursitis after an uncharacteristic performance on Aug. 20 in which he allowed six runs in two innings to Houston. Tillman won 14 of his first 16 decisions but lost three of his last four before being sidelined.He has always found a way to neutralize the usually potent Detroit offense. In eight career starts, Tillman is 5-0 with a 2.56 ERA. He tossed seven shutout innings against the Tigers on May 13 while outdueling Verlander in a 1-0 Orioles triumph.Its a challenge to navigate your way through it as a starter, he said of Detroits lineup. Youve got to respect them, but youve got to go out and do the same thing every time. You want to give your team a chance to win, make good quality pitches and let your defense work.The Orioles have managed to stay in the American League East race, as well as the wild-card hunt, during Tillmans absence. They are two games behind division leader Baltimore and one game ahead of the Tigers for the final playoff spot after an 11-3 win over Detroit on Saturday.The guys have been throwing well. Its been fun to watch, especially the younger guys, Tillman said. Its always good to see everyone kind of come together as a group and do your job to the best of your ability. Its been a tough two weeks (for himself) but fun to watch.Verlander has made 11 consecutive quality starts, the longest such streak of his career. During that stretch, hes 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA.Its good to have a pitcher like him because regardless of how the team is doing or how good the pitcher is that youre facing, you know youre going to have a chance to win when hes on the mound, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. That gives you a boost of confidence going into a game.Verlander, who leads the AL with a .209 opponents batting average, has a strong record against Baltimore. Hes 9-4 with a .370 ERA in 17 starts against the Orioles with 100 strikeouts.Thats still doesnt match Tillmans hex over the Tigers.Hes got a good hard cutter, its kind of like a hard slider, which is tough for a right-handed lineup, Ausmus said of Tillman. Hes a good pitcher, theres no secret there.What is a mystery is how Tillman will look after a three-week absence.I expect him to be a little rusty, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Theres a lot of unknown there. More than anything, wed just like him to be healthy because even if he has a little rusty start, each one of them (afterward) will get better.The Orioles lead the season series 4-2. They are not scheduled to face each other again during the regular season, though a postseason matchup is certainly a possibility.This is critical because were coming down to the wire and teams are in similar situations from a standings perspective, Ausmus said. Jason Heyward Jersey . The Clippers were angry about blowing a big lead; the Kings didnt like being in that kind of hole and nearly digging themselves out only to lose. Jake Arrieta Jersey . Anthony Davis had 31 points and 17 rebounds in his seventh straight game with more than 20 points, but that was only enough to keep the Pelicans competitive into the final minutes. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State, which rebounded from a loss a night earlier in Oklahoma City and snapped a two-game skid. http://www.cubsteamproshop.com/cubs-albert-almora-jr-jersey/ . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. Purdues balancing act made a good first impression.Now the Boilermakers are looking to keep everything in synch.One week after nine different receivers caught passes in a win against Eastern Kentucky and Purdue had an almost perfect 50-50 split between yards rushing and yards, it will get a chance to see how well the new, simplified offense does against a stronger opponent in Cincinnati.If were able to run the ball for 250 yards, thats a lot of rushing yards. But if you also can spread it around and throw it, it keeps people off balance, coach Darrell Hazell said. As much balanced offense as we can play, well keep (opponents) off balance.It seems like a strange notion at a school dubbed The Cradle of Quarterbacks. But times are a changing at Purdue (1-0).Sophomore quarterback David Blough knows hell be more efficient with a little help from friends like running back Markell Jones.A year ago, Jones rushed for 845 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman. He inherited the feature back job when D.J. Knox tore the ACL in his left knee during Aprils spring game and so far, hes been a hit.He ran 24 times for 145 yards and one touchdown and caught four passes for 24 yards, wearing out the Eastern Kentucky defense. This week, he faces a Cincinnati defense that held Tennessee-Martin to seven points and 3.6 yards per carry.Coach Tommy Tuberville knows it will be a lot tougher for Cincinnati (1-0) to keep up with Jones.They have an experienced quarterback and a very good running back. Their offensive line is bigger and stronger than almost any team we will see. And their receivers have good speed, Tuberville said. Its a typical Big Ten team in that they line up and try to run the ball. Its going to be a real challenge for us.Bloughs challenge will be replicating last weeks numbers -- and coming up with another win.But with Jones leading the way, Blough has already become a big believeer in what the Boilermakers are capable of this season. Kyle Schwarber Jersey. I remember coming off the field after the first quarter and telling guys that we have a superstar running back, Blough said, reflecting on last weeks victory. Were going to feed him. He is a workhorse for us.Here are some other things to watch SaturdayTAYING POSITIVEHazell constantly addresses the need to avoid self-inflicted problems and its starting to pay dividends. Purdue ran 83 plays against Eastern Kentucky -- none went for negative yards. In addition, the Boilermakers committed only two penalties in Week 1, tied for the fewest in the nation .ROAD TROUBLECincinnati beat Purdue 42-7 in its 2013 home opener, which was Hazells first game as coach. Hitting the road against the Midwests top conference has been a little more rugged for the Bearcats. Cincinnati hasnt won at a Big Ten school 1959 when they won at Indiana. Since then, the Bearcats are 0-11. Tuberville doesnt mind the trip.Its part of what makes college football fun, Tuberville said. Hes just wants to rewrite the ending.GOING FOR 600The Boilermakers need one more win to become the 10th Big Ten school with 600. Currently, the Boilermakers are 599-545-48. A win Saturday also would give Purdue its first two-game streak under Hazell, and its first 2-0 start since 2007.WELCOME BACKPurdues defense should get a boost this week with the anticipated return of cornerback, DaWan Hunte. After missing last weeks game with a sprained ankle, hes listed as probable this week. Defensive end Austin Larkin, the nephew of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, also missed last weeks game after injuring his ankle in practice and could be a game-time decision this week.---Online: AP College Football site: http://collegefootball.ap.org/ Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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