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By JEFF ZREBIEC | February 23, 2007
Orioles left-handed starting pitcher Erik Bedard set career highs last season in wins (15), innings pitched (196 1/3 ), starts (33) and strikeouts (171). The 27-year-old returns this season as the team's ace. Bedard, a sixth-round selection in the 1999 draft, was born in and still resides in Navan, Ontario. What would being the Orioles' Opening Day starter mean to you? -- It would feel good. It would be an honor to start the first game of the season. But after the season starts, it doesn't really matter.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Orioles starter Chris Tillman dominated the Seattle Mariners lineup again Sunday, but he wants everyone to know that it's nothing personal. Of course, Tillman came over to the Orioles in the 2008 trade with the Mariners that also brought All-Star center fielder Adam Jones and three others for left-hander Erik Bedard - a move that is widely credited for being the watershed moment in the club's return to prominence after 14 consecutive losing seasons....
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | April 2, 2007
As players and media filed into the Orioles' clubhouse yesterday before a workout at Camden Yards, available space melting away like patches of snow on a sunny afternoon, pitching coach Leo Mazzone stood in a hallway and delivered a statement that should prove chilling to opposing teams on this year's schedule. Asked about Erik Bedard, who starts tonight's opener in Minnesota, Mazzone said, "Let me put it to you this way: In all the years that I've been coaching, Erik has the best three or four pitches of any left-hander I've ever had the privilege of coaching.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Perhaps it was fitting that the first leadoff home run in Nick Markakis' career would stand as the game-winner Sunday in a 1-0 pitchers' duel victory over the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards. In his nine years with the Orioles, Markakis has been both a consistent contributor and someone who often has been overlooked while flashier players take center stage. “He is probably the epitome of consistency,” Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter said. “If you can wrap it up and put it in a bottle and give it to somebody - whatever he does on a daily basis - you'd be a rich man. He's a big-time part of this team, part of this organization and he just continues to play baseball.” A first-inning solo homer normally would go unnoticed over the course of a game, but Markakis' shot onto the right-field flag court on the sixth pitch from Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma became more crucial as the afternoon played out. It was the only run Iwakuma or Orioles starter Chris Tillman would allow in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun Reporter | April 4, 2008
SEATTLE -- Two boys and a girl stand next to a massive promotional photo outside Safeco Field and smile widely for their father's camera. Five feet to the right of them looms a similar-sized picture of Ichiro Suzuki, currently the most popular athlete in the Emerald City. But Ichiro's pensive mug doesn't get a second glance. On this morning, the father wants to forever preserve the moment in which his kids first stood beside Erik Bedard's Seattle Mariners mural. In a city that hasn't tasted a World Series in the club's 31-year history, Bedard isn't just the new face, a quality left-handed starter acquired from the Orioles in February.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 7, 2007
Even before Erik Bedard started an eight-decision winning streak that elevated him to an American League Cy Young Award candidate, the Orioles vowed to explore signing their 28-year-old ace to a long-term contract extension. Bedard is under contractual control by the Orioles through the 2009 season, but with each dominating outing the pitcher delivers, securing him for the long term might be more and more of a priority. "We have him for the next couple of years, but I think it is very appropriate to consider him in that Cy Young caliber," said Andy MacPhail, Orioles president of baseball operations.
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December 2, 2007
Good morning--Orioles--Will Erik Bedard now be trade bait at the winter meetings this week?
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April 22, 2006
Good morning -- Erik Bedard -- Another year, another fast start. Now it's just a matter of staying off the DL.
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August 11, 2004
Orioles tonight Opponent: Anaheim Angels Site: Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Calif.) Time: 10:05 TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/WBAL (1090 AM) Starters: Orioles' Erik Bedard (5-6, 4.47) vs. Angels' Kelvim Escobar (6-8, 4.15)
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
The Orioles have had their fair share of offensive struggles recently, scoring five runs or fewer in each of their past five games. It's not simply because they haven't gotten enough men on base. In their four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles so far have gone 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position and stranded 17 runners overall. Not surprisingly, the Orioles are at risk of dropping a series to the team with the worst record in baseball unless they can salvage a split Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- There's no denying that the Orioles offense sometimes can rely too much on home runs, which is one of the reasons why the club can be so frustrating to watch when its power hitters go silent. Following an especially frustrating one-run loss to the last-place Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, the Orioles recorded their best offensive output in the past 14 games as a pair of homers sent them to a 7-5 win Tuesday night in front of an announced 10,803 at Tropicana Field.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
The Orioles didn't land veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo this week; he signed a two-year deal with a third-year option with the Arizona Diamondbacks worth a guaranteed $23.5 million. A.J. Burnett is still on the open market, but there is a growing sense that the Monkton resident is not going to end up in Baltimore -- I've heard various theories as to why, but since they aren't coming directly out of Burnett's mouth, it doesn't make much sense to speculate. Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are still looking for jobs, and the Orioles are interested and talking to both, but their asking prices and attachment to a draft pick make me wonder how serious the Orioles are about signing either right-hander.
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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 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 and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Sometimes statistics don't mesh with perception. In the case of Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen and his struggles in the late innings, things match up. Chen was cruising on Sunday afternoon when he got to the seventh. He had given up just four hits, a walk and one run through six innings. He got a strikeout to start the seventh - his fifth of the afternoon. He then walked Michael Saunders and picked him off trying to steal. Chen issued another walk, to eighth hitter, Brendan Ryan, before giving up a two-run, two-out homer to ninth hitter Henry Blanco on his 106th pitch of the game.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Facing an ever-shifting cast of Houston starting pitchers over the past three days, it took the Orioles' bats a little time to warm up in taking two of three from the Astros. Against right-hander Lucas Harrell, left-hander Brett Oberholtzer and right-hander Jordan Lyles -- who had five years of experience combined entering this season -- the Orioles were shut out in the first three innings of each game and went a combined 4-for-31 with a walk over those nine innings. While the Orioles came back to win two of those games, they were befuddled by Harrell for the second time this year, baffled by Oberholtzer in his first career start, and stymied by Lyles early.
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