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By ROCH KUBATKO | February 9, 2008
2005 April 23: Pitching in his first game as a professional in his native Canada, Bedard throws seven scoreless innings in a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. May 4: In the rematch in Baltimore, Bedard holds the Blue Jays to one run over eight innings and strikes out 12 in a 5-1 win. May 21: Bedard wins his fifth straight decision, blanking the Philadelphia Phillies over seven innings and striking out seven in a 7-0 victory. 2006 May 17: Bedard defeats the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, allowing one run and two hits over seven innings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Standing in the home clubhouse after the shortest outing of his career, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pondered why he has given up so many home runs lately, including three in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon. After allowing just three in his first eight games of the season, he's yielded 12 in his past eight outings. Chen tried to answer the question as honestly as he could, but the truth is that he doesn't know why he is suddenly elevating pitches and why the opposition - including a struggling offense like the Rays' - now is making him pay. “For every game, you don't want to give up any home runs.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | September 20, 2008
Can't imagine the Mariners are going to tender Erik Bedard a contract for next year, since they would be unable to cut his $7 million salary by more than 20 percent and he is eligible for free agency after the season. So, you can figure on his becoming a free agent in December and then trying to sign with somebody at who knows what price. Don't be surprised if his agent comes back to the Orioles with some kind of proposal. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
BOSTON - If right-hander Chris Tillman is indeed the Orioles' ace, if he is indeed a bona fide top-of-the-rotation starter who can walk into any situation against any opponent and succeed, than he had the perfect opportunity to prove it Thursday night at Fenway Park. Tillman did - and the Orioles escaped Boston with one win in the first series of a crucial nine-game road trip. Thanks to seven superb innings from Tillman and a solid performance from their beleaguered bullpen, the Orioles beat the Red Sox, 3-2, to avoid being victims of a sweep at Fenway Park for the first time since July 2011.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | February 18, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Had the Orioles not agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Erik Bedard yesterday, the process would have played out Tuesday in a hotel conference room in Phoenix. At the head of a long table, three arbitrators would have been seated, flanked on one side by Bedard, his representative, Mark Pieper, and a team of agents. On the other side of the table, Orioles general counsel H. Russell Smouse and his son, Greg, would have sat with members of the Orioles' front office.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER | March 19, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- The news finally reached Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard yesterday as he stretched on the field. Manager Sam Perlozzo approached the left-hander and told him that he'd be the starter Opening Day. No more delaying the inevitable. Bedard, in turn, offered a predictably dry response. "He just said that I was starting the first game," Bedard recalled, "and I said, `OK.' " For Bedard, that reaction qualified as a wild celebration. Perlozzo's announcement was a mere formality to everyone except Bedard, who has been lined up to start on April 2 in Minnesota and is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings, with three walks and 13 strikeouts.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | June 2, 2009
SEATTLE - - The Erik Bedard the Orioles were supposed to face last year was entirely different from the one the club is scheduled to oppose for the first time tonight at Safeco Field. The 30-year-old left-hander, who was the Orioles' ace before they traded him to the Seattle Mariners on Feb. 8, 2009, in a deal that landed them five players and accelerated their rebuilding process, is both happier and healthier in his second season in Seattle. And that has ultimately showed on the mound, where Bedard has gone 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA and struck out 54 in 54 1/3 innings.
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By DAVID STEELE | June 28, 2007
You had to be either a real pitching connoisseur or a card-carrying, long-suffering Orioles diehard to appreciate the beauty of the mound duel at Camden Yards last night. To be fair, the Orioles' interim manager should probably be included in that group. "These are the kinds of pitching matchups people want to come and watch," Dave Trembley said before Yankees-Orioles Game 2. The rest of the universe saw the game as Roger Clemens' latest chance at baseball immortality and saw Erik Bedard as the other guy. Clemens' quest to be the second major league pitcher in the past eight decades to win 350 games was thwarted.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | May 28, 2006
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Before last night, Orioles officials had not included Erik Bedard as one of their major concerns, even though the majority of his recent starts suggest they should. Perhaps it is a testament to how many other issues currently exist for the Orioles, who fell to a season-high six games under .500 with a 10-1 loss last night to the Los Angeles Angels in front of 43,005 at Angel Stadium. Orioles@Angels Today, 3:35 p.m., Ch. 54, 1090 AM Starters: Orioles' Kris Benson (6-4, 4.62)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 1, 2007
BOSTON -- For much of last night, Erik Bedard labored in his featured pitching matchup with ace Josh Beckett, battling not only a tough Boston Red Sox lineup, but also dehydration. He couldn't consistently throw his fastball over the plate. His curveball was darting into the dirt before hitting the inside of catcher Ramon Hernandez's mitt. And late in his outing, Bedard, his face flush white, admitted he felt as if he might faint right out on the mound. But in the most recent indication that Bedard is becoming one of the top pitchers in the American League, he overcame it all, relying more on guts and guile than his vast talent.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
The story angle from Thursday night was simple: Chris Tillman is turning into an ace before our very eyes . Or, at the very least, inching closer to that rarified air. After allowing two runs on six hits - and no walks - in seven innings in the hostile environs of Fenway Park, Tillman is now 15-4 with a 3.61 ERA this season. And on the road, where aces are made, he is 8-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 starts. He's given up two earned runs or fewer in nine of those. In nine career starts against the Red Sox, Tillman is 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA. He's just 25 - and not that far removed from 4A status, limbo between the majors and the minors.
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By Dan Connolly | March 26, 2012
BRADENTON, Fla. - Tommy Hunter had a solid outing the last time he took the mound Wednesday, but he was disappointed with his lack of command. That wasn't a problem on Monday night, when Hunter absolutely breezed through six scoreless innings in the Orioles' 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Orioles' right-hander walked the first batter he faced on five pitches, then immediately picked up a double play and a three-pitch strikeout to get out of the first.
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January 19, 2012
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 7, 2010
As Erik Bedard passed his physical and finalized an incentive-laden, one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, his agent confirmed that the left-handed pitcher gave plenty of thought about a reunion with the Orioles. "He was seriously considering it," Mark Pieper said. "Baltimore is one of the teams that we went pretty far in our discussions with. They were one of the finalists." Bedard, who had left shoulder surgery in August and won't be ready for the start of the season, agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with an $8 million mutual option for 2011.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec , jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | December 8, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - -The Orioles' focus on Day One of baseball's winter meetings was on trying to upgrade a pitching staff that has been one of the worst in baseball. Team officials met with the Texas Rangers on Monday to discuss a potential deal for veteran pitcher Kevin Millwood, and Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail also confirmed that the team is in possession of the medical records of free-agent starter Erik Bedard. MacPhail will meet with Bedard's agent, Mark Pieper, in the next couple of days to discuss bringing back the team's former ace, who was traded to the Seattle Mariners before the 2008 season in a deal that spearheaded MacPhail's rebuilding project.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | December 8, 2009
The Orioles' focus on Day One of baseball's winter meetings was on trying to upgrade a pitching staff that has been one of the worst in baseball. Team officials met with the Texas Rangers on Monday to discuss a potential deal for veteran pitcher Kevin Millwood, and Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail also confirmed that the team is in possession of the medical records of free-agent starter Erik Bedard. MacPhail will meet with Bedard's agent, Mark Pieper, in the next couple of days to discuss bringing back the team's former ace, who was traded to the Seattle Mariners before the 2008 season in a deal that spearheaded MacPhail's rebuilding project.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | June 22, 2008
Observations, opinions and musings from last week in Major League Baseball. After his first start as a Seattle Mariner, Erik Bedard shrugged off expectations that he was the Great Northwest's baseball savior. "I ain't God. I ain't going to do miracles here," Bedard said in April. "I am going to do my best and try to do what I did last year, and if it happens, it happens." What has happened has been disastrous - for Seattle, anyway. The Mariners have the worst record in the majors. General manager Bill Bavasi was fired Monday.
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April 13, 2008
Observations, opinions and musings from the week in Major League Baseball. The big happening around here last week was supposed to be Erik Bedard's return to the Camden Yards mound, this time against his old friends and teammates. It didn't occur. Scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Seattle Mariners, he came up with left hip inflammation the day before, and his start was moved to Tuesday at Tampa Bay. Conspiracy theorists say Bedard, never a fan of the spotlight, didn't want to pitch against the Orioles.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | June 4, 2009
SEATTLE - -The Orioles, of all teams, know how dominant Erik Bedard can be, so it would have been easy to dismiss Tuesday as one of those inevitable nights when they were shut down by a very good pitcher. The problem with that theory is it has been happening far too frequently to give the Orioles the complete benefit of the doubt. Bedard overwhelmed his former team, taking a three-hit shutout bid into the seventh inning and walking off the mound to a standing ovation in the Seattle Mariners' 8-2 victory over the Orioles in front of an announced 17,978 at Safeco Field.
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