Kansas City (10-22) at Baltimore (15-20) 7:05 pm EDT
BALTIMORE (Ticker) - Erik Bedard takes the mound Friday in
search of his first win in over three weeks when the Baltimore
Orioles host the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a
three-game series.Since improving to 4-0 in a 9-4 victory over Cleveland on April
20, Bedard (4-2, 4.54 ERA) has struggled, giving up 13 runs in
his last 13 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old is coming off his
worst outing of the season on Saturday, a 9-3 loss to the Boston
Red Sox where he failed to make it past the third inning.The Orioles will need Bedard to bounce back if they hope to
improve their recent poor play. Baltimore has dropped 13 of its
last 17, including four of the last six at home.The Royals, on the other hand, are playing their best baseball
of the young season. A perennial doormat in the American
League, Kansas City has won five of its last seven and is riding
high after a three-game sweep of Cleveland this week.Angel Berroa had three hits, including a solo homer, as the
Royals rallied for a 10-8 victory over the Indians on Thursday.
Aaron Guiel also homered for Kansas City, which scored a total
of 24 runs in the three-game set.The Royals on Friday give the ball to Runelvys Hernandez (1-2,
4.91), who looks to rebound from his worst start of the season.
The burly righthander allowed season highs of six runs and nine
hits in just 4 2/3 innings of a 9-2 loss to the Chicago White
Sox on Saturday.