Seattle Mariners defeat Baltimore Orioles, 8-2

SEATTLE - - The Orioles, of all teams, know how dominant Erik Bedard can be, so it would have been easy to dismiss Tuesday as one of those inevitable nights where they were shut down by a very good pitcher.

The problem with that theory is it has been happening far too frequently to give the Orioles the complete benefit of the doubt.

Bedard overwhelmed his former team, taking a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning in the Seattle Mariners' 8-2 victory over the Oriole...

King of the Hill

Orioles starter Rich Hill pitched seven scoreless innings, retiring the final 14 hitters he faced, and didn't allow a base runner after yielding a one-out single to Yuniesky Betancourt in the third. He had seven strikeouts and threw a season-high 106 pitches. Hill's outing gave the Orioles four consecutive quality starts, their most since they had six straight April 28-May 3 last season.

Gifts that keep on giving

Adam Jones and George Sherrill, bo...

SEATTLE - - Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan said Tuesday that the club is still considering "seven to nine players" for selection with the fifth overall pick in the first-year player draft June 9.

Jordan acknowledged that the Orioles' draft plan has been complicated by the uncertainly about what three of the teams ahead of them will do after the Washington Nationals' expected selection of San Diego State pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg at No. 1 overall...