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Erik Bedard Makes His Case As Teams Fifth Starter
Erik Bedard in competition with Jake Odorizzi and Cesar Ramos for the 5th spot in the Tampa Bay Rays rotation allowed three runs all earned in 4.1 innings of work on six hit striking out three and walking one.
The Blue Jays got their first run on a wind aided triple by Kevin Pillar in the second inning and he came in to score the Jays second run on a wild pitch. Bedard settled down after that and after the game said he was looking for more consistency this spring. “I think it was OK, just need to be more consistent with my off-speed and everything will be better after that.”
When Bedard was told that Joe Maddon had said that the decision on who the third starter will be will not be based on statistics he jokingly said, “that’s good because the ERA isn’t good right now.”
Team ER: off Toronto 6, off Tampa Bay 3. BB: off Nolin 3 (Forsythe, Moore, Forsythe), Stilson (Christian), Walden (Moore), off Peralta, Jo (Lawrie). SO: by Walden (Torrez), by Bedard 2 (Thole, Johnson, D), Gomes, B 2 (Rasmus, C, Glenn), Balfour (Pillar), Peralta, Jo (Sierra), Boxberger 3 (Newman, Glenn, Pillar). WP: Bedard. Umpires: HP: Clint Fagan. 1B: Brian O’Nora. 2B: Jeff Gosney. 3B: Ryan Blakney. Official Scorer: Carli Todd. Weather: 76 degrees, sunny. Wind: 8 mph, Out to LF. T: 2:27. Att: 5,469. Venue: Charlotte Sports Park. March 15, 2014
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