American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, June 17
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (35-34) at Tampa Bay Rays (28-43), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.17)
Tampa Bay - Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.83)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran lefty Erik Bedard gets a start against the team
with which he made his big-league name on Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Rays
host the Baltimore Orioles in game two of a three-game series at Tropicana
Bedard, a native of Canada, was a sixth-round pick of the Orioles in 1999 and
reached the majors with Baltimore in 2002 before returning as a full-timer
with 26 starts in 2004.
He pitched with the Orioles through the end of 2007 and recorded 40 of the 70
wins he's earned as a big-leaguer. He started 2008 with Seattle and has since
worked in Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston and Tampa Bay in 122 outings.
Bedard's faced the Orioles six times and is 1-1 with a 5.54 earned run average
in 26 innings.
He'll be opposed by Baltimore's Miguel Gonzalez, who'll return from a rehab
stint in the minors after missing big-league time with a strained oblique
He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie on Wednesday while
striking out five batters and walking one.
Gonzalez has not pitched in the big leagues since May 30, when he pitched 6
2/3 innings and allowed five hits and two runs in a 2-1 loss to Houston.
In nine career starts against the Rays, he's 3-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 50 2/3
On Monday, Jerry Sands smacked a go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run homer in the
bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Rays to a 5-4 win over the Orioles in
Evan Longoria worked a leadoff walk against Darren O'Day (2-1) before O'Day
struck out Ben Zobrist and induced a fly out off the bat of James Loney. Brian
Matusz then came on and Sands, who replaced David DeJesus, belted a towering
shot that curled around the left-field foul pole to give the Rays a 5-3 lead.
Juan Carlos Oviedo allowed a solo homer to Delmon Young with one out in the
ninth, but recorded the final two outs without conceding another hit to pick
up his first save of the season. Ryan Hanigan cracked a two-run blast and
Yunel Escobar added a solo shot for the Rays, who have won four of their last
Adam Jones hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, which has dropped three of its
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