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Orioles @ Mariners - Game 110

Who's That Lefty? ...

Erik Bedard, sidelined by a tender left shoulder since early last month, will play catch for the first time since going on the disabled list Sunday.

How close is he to pitching again? Not very, and if the shoulder doesn't respond quickly, he could be shut down for the rest of the season rather than risk further injury. ...

Let The Kids Play ...

Nice first-inning matchup - Felix Hernandez vs. Adam Jones, and after fouling three pitches, Jones singled into left-center field.

Great kid, great makeup, marvelous talent. And that goes for both of them. They'd have been happier as teammates. ...

Learning To Lay It Down ...

Yuniesky Betancourt hasn't played since failing to make contact on a squeeze play in Texas, but most of that stretch is because of a sore elbow.

Still, about four hours before game time, Betancourt was on the field with a few other players taking extra batting practice - and doing a lot of bunting.

He should return to the lineup Sunday. ...

Ichiro Uses His Head & Arm ...

On an RBI single by Ramon Hernandez, Ichiro came up with the ball cleanly but saw little chance of getting the runner at home.

Instead, he turned his attention to third base and threw there in time to easily catch Kevin Millar in a run down.

A throw home might have been more spectacular. Ichiro went for the out and got it.

Baltimore 2, Seattle 1. ...

Goodnight, Felix ...

Dave will hate this, but Hernandez left the game after five innings and 109 pitches. Why?

Felix had one easy inning tonight, everything else was under duress, and in the fifth he left the bases loaded.

He wasn't particularly sharp, allowing 10 base runners, and Riggleman decided enough was enough.

Sean Green now pitching. ...

Find The Bats ...

Hard to imagine the Mariners hitting the ball any softer than they have tonight.

Through seven innings they have three hits, one since the first inning. Jeremy Guthrie has them stymied on two doubles and an infield single.

Cesar Jimenez pitching.

Baltimore 3, Seattle 1 ...

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