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'(Posted 8:30 a.m., June 8)
Bédard improves record to 5-2 with win over Twins
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Navan native Erik Bédard has won three games in a row since missing a start due to a sore hamstring in May. His latest win came against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Navan native Erik Bédard has improved his record to 5-2 after posting a win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. It was the third win in as many starts for the Seattle Mariners lefthander who gave up two runs on four hits and walked four batters in five innings of work.

The Twins did a good job in making Bédard throw as many pitches as possible, working him into several full counts. Still he kept them off the scoreboard until the fifth inning when Denard Span, who had reached thrid base after drawing a lead-off walk and Joe Mauer doubled to centrefield, scored on a groundball to second. Mauer than scored on a sacrifice fly by Joe Cede.

The Mariners came back and scored two runs in the their half of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead and give Bedard a two run cushion before giving way to reliever Miguel Batista. They would go on to win the game by the same 4-2 score.

It was Bédard's third win in a row since missing a start due to a sore hamstring in May. In his previous start against the Baltimore Orioles on
June 2, he only allowed one run on four hits in six and a third innings against his former team.

Afterwards he told reporters that pitching against some of his old teammates was a "different" experience.

"Yeah, it was different. I'm sure I'm going to get texts after this one," said Bédard who fanned five batters while allowing three walks.

It was Bedard's first outing against his former club since getting traded to Seattle after the 2007 season. In his first season with the Mariners he was
6-4 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

He was maligned by the local media in Seattle when the club signed him to a new one year contract and gave him a $750,000 raise. After starting the season 2-2 with a couple of no decisions, the Seattle fans started to sour on the star pitcher as well. Not so against Baltimore. When he left in the seventh inning he recieved a standing ovation.

Bédard will try to improve his record to 6-2 when he faces the Colorado Rockies on June 13.

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