The Orioles heaved a collective sigh of relief Sunday when
left-hander Erik Bedard pitched against the Yankees the way he was
expected to pitch as the top man in the rotation this season.
After being tagged for six runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings against
the Twins on Opening Day, there was some concern. Nobody in the
organization would admit it, but more than a few people were
"He kind of lost command, but that happens," catcher Paul Bako
said. "He was basically lights-out for all of spring training.
Unfortunately, he was probably due for an outing where he didn't
have his command throughout the ballgame.
"But he's our ace," Bako added. "He knows that and we know that. We expect him to come out next time and pitch like he can."
Bedard didn't let the catcher down. He came back and pitched the
way he knows how. And he came away a winner.
ORIOLES 6, YANKEES 4: Erik Bedard gave up three first-inning runs, two of them on Alex Rodriguez's home run, then blanked the Yankees for the next six innings. Paul Bako hit a three-run homer and Kevin Millar had three RBIs on a homer and double to provide all the
offense the Orioles needed. Millar and Bako had combined for two
hits in the previous five games.
--DH/LF Kevin Millar played in left field on Saturday for the first time in more than a year and responded with his first hit of the
season after going 0-for-12 to start the year. He followed up with
two hits, a homer and double, and three RBIs on Sunday.
--C Paul Bako hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Sunday. It was his first HR since Aug. 21, 2004.
--C Ramon Hernandez, who pulled his left oblique muscle two days
before Opening Day, was put on the 15-day DL on Sunday retroactive
to March 31 and will go to Sarasota for extended spring training
for a rehab assignment. He'll be eligible to return on April 15.
--LF Jay Payton, who has been sidelined with a pulled hamstring
suffered during spring training, was sent to extended spring training at Sarasota to rehab his injury. He is eligible to be activated on Wednesday.
--LHP Erik Bedard allowed the Yankees only three runs on five hits, one being a two-run homer by Alex Rodriguez, while pitching six
innings and getting his first win on Sunday.
--RF Nick Markakis got three hits to run his New York totals to
7-for-15 with a HR, a double and two RBIs.
--LHP Kurt Birkins was recalled from Class AAA Norfolk to fill the roster spot vacated on Sunday when C Ramon Hernandez was put on the
BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- RBIs this season by both Paul Bako and Kevin Millar before they each got three in the Orioles' 6-4 win over the Yankees on Sunday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It doesn't matter how many points the other team puts up. The game of baseball is to catch the ball when it's hit to you. We just didn't do it enough." -- Manager Sam Perlozzo, in
reference to his team making two errors and misplaying a couple of
others in a loss at Minnesota.
1. LHP Erik Bedard
2. RHP Daniel Cabrera
3. RHP Jaret Wright
4. LHP Adam Loewen
5. RHP Steve Trachsel
RHP Chris Ray (closer)
RHP Jeremy Guthrie
RHP Scott Williamson
RHP Chad Bradford
LHP Jamie Walker
RHP Danny Baez
LHP John Parrish
1. 2B Brian Roberts
2. 3B Melvin Mora
3. RF Nick Markakis
4. SS Miguel Tejada
5. 1B Aubrey Huff
6. C Ramon Hernandez
7. DH Jay Gibbons/Kevin Millar
8. LF Jay Payton
9. CF Corey Patterson
INF Chris Gomez
C Paul Bako
OF Freddie Bynum
C Alberto Castillo
ROOKIE WATCH: Hayden Penn, 22, could find himself this season after some struggles in 2006. He did not open the season with Baltimore but could be called up when someone falters.
--C Ramon Hernandez (pulled left oblique muscle) was placed on the disabled list retroactive to March 31.
--OF Jay Payton (pulled left hamstring) was hurt on March 20 and
started the season on the disabled list.
--UT Jason Dubois (pulled hamstring) was hurt on March 30 and started the season on the disabled list.
--RHP Paul Shuey (strained tendon in his right foot) is making good progress. He could be ready by late April.
--RHP Kris Benson (rotator cuff) had surgery on March 20. He will
miss the entire season.