"That is a little bit unusual," said Baltimore manager Dave Trembley, assessing his rival's pitching staff. "But you put the best guys out there regardless of how they throw."
And in Seattle's case, two of the lefties have Baltimore ties. Garrett Olson will miss this series, but the Orioles will face Erik Bedard for the first time since trading him to the Mariners before the 2008 season. Bedard was sent to Seattle for a five-player haul that included George Sherrill and Adam Jones, two key components of the current team.
Bedard, who was drafted and developed by the Orioles, said he sees this game as just another start.
"You have to, or else I'd probably get shelled," said Bedard, discounting the possibility of nerves. "If I do [get shelled], people would say that anyway. They'd say, 'Oh, he was probably just nervous pitching against his former team.' You can't win. You just go out there, do what you can and see what happens."
Few may have predicted it at the time, but the Bedard trade turned the Orioles around in short order. Sherrill assumed the closer's job and went to the All-Star Game last year, and Jones has quickly turned into one of the most dynamic players in the American League. Bedard, meanwhile, couldn't turn the Mariners into a contender.
Seattle struggled to the worst record in the AL last season, thanks to several injuries and a strong dose of adversity. Bedard was among the walking wounded, but he has only missed one start this year.
"That's the biggest thing. I'm healthy this year," said Bedard of his recent success. "Last year, it was kind of hard trying to throw through pain and trying to help the team win. And we had a bad season. Everybody struggled, and it wasn't like everybody expected it would be. It was kind of hard."Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP David Hernandez (1-0, 1.59 ERA)
Hernandez pitched well in his Major League debut, working into the sixth inning and holding the Tigers to just one run. The rookie escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Hernandez was second in the Triple-A International League in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, and he led the Double-A Eastern League in punchouts last season. SEA: LHP Erik Bedard (3-2, 2.48 ERA)
The left-hander continues to be Seattle's most reliable starter, holding Oakland to one run -- a solo homer -- over 6 2/3 innings in his last start. Bedard was so locked into the strike zone that 77 of his 108 pitches were strikes. In two starts this season against the Athletics, Bedard has allowed two runs in 15 innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks. Bird bites
Rich Hill threw seven innings Monday night for the first time since September of the 2007 season. If you track back to mid-August of that season, Hill's teams have won 15 of his last 18 starts. ... Nolan Reimold went 2-for-3 in Monday's game and has a six-game hitting streak. The rookie has hit safely in 14 of 17 games since his promotion from Triple-A Norfolk. ... Jones has hit safely in 27 of his last 33 games, batting .346 (48-for-139) over that span. ... Sherrill has converted seven straight save opportunities and hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 appearances. Tickets
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Wednesday: Orioles (Brad Bergesen, 2-2, 4.94) at Mariners (Jason Vargas, 2-0, 1.65), 10:10 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 4-4, 4.86) at Athletics (Dallas Braden, 4-5, 3.63), 10:05 p.m. ET
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less