The Mariners (27-26) can win their fifth series in a row with a victory against the Baltimore Orioles (24-28) in Tuesday night's game between the two ball clubs. Seattle is currently 1.5 games back in the AL West from the first place Texas Rangers who have won three straight games.
Erik Bedard (3-4 3.48 ERA) faces his old team for the third time since he joined the Mariners in 2008. In two starts against the Orioles in 2009, he struck out 15 and surrendered three runs over six hits in 10.1 innings. Bedard has not allowed an earned run and has only allowed three walks total in his last two starts.
The often injured left hander has now made nine starts since the beginning of the season and is starting to look like the ace the Mariners traded for three years ago,
"Obviously, the thing with Erik is that he's healthy again, and he's free and easy with his arm. That's the No. 1 thing," Mariners Manager Eric Wedge said. "But I think you're seeing that his confidence is building with each outing, and that's a great thing for him."(Via: MLB.com)
Taking the mound for the Orioles is Jeremy Guthrie (2-6 3.63 ERA). Guthrie gave up four runs and nine hits in his last start on May 26 in a win against the Kansas city Royals.
First pitch at Safeco Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT with coverage on ROOT Sports and 710 ESPN AM.
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