Baltimore Orioles defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 11-3

BEDARD WINS AGAIN Erik Bedard got into trouble several times early in yesterday's game while lacking his typical dominant stuff.

Bedard allowed a long, bases-empty homer to Carl Crawford in the first inning and another long home run, this one a two-run shot, to B.J. Upton in the third. In 6 2/3 innings, Bedard allowed nine hits, his highest total since June 10, which was also the date of his last loss. But Bedard also struck out 11 and allowed no walks in improving to 1...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The visiting bullpen at Tropicana Field is only about 200 feet away from the pitcher's mound, so if Erik Bedard didn't see Rob Bell warming up, he almost certainly heard the sounds of Bell's pitches popping the catcher's mitt.

It was only the fourth inning yesterday, but Bedard had scuffled enough early that Orioles manager Dave Trembley wasn't about to take any chances, even if that meant taking his best starter and a burgeoning American League ...