Baltimore Orioles defeat Texas Rangers, 6-2

A curveball sent Gerald Laird back to the Texas Rangers dugout in the first inning last night, making him Erik Bedard's first strikeout victim and causing him to turn back toward the field a few times before reaching the bench.

The list figured to be pretty long, given the matchups throughout the visiting lineup. It had to start somewhere, and Laird was in the wrong place.

The batter's box usually constitutes the wrong place when Bedard is pitching.

Bedard struck out...

Striking success

In the seventh inning, Erik Bedard's quest to win his ninth straight decision became an afterthought to his run at Mike Mussina's single-season Orioles strikeout record. After Bedard recorded his 10th strikeout of the game against Sammy Sosa, putting him one behind the 218 batters Mussina struck out in 1997, fans cheered each time Bedard got two strikes on a hitter. He struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a 93 mph fastball to tie the record and get the f...