Toronto (12-11) at Baltimore (13-13)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon May 1, 2006
  • TV: RSN, CSN
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Baltimore Orioles starter Erik Bedard gets his second chance to become the first five-game winner in the American League, but that may be easier said than done with him team riddled with injuries.

Bedard (4-1, 3.69 ERA) opens a two-game set for the Orioles (13-13) on Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays, who foiled his first attempt to win five games.

The left-hander gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Toronto on Wednesday.

“I left a lot of pitches down the middle of the plate,” Bedard said. “They are a good team and they hit them.”

He has received an average of 9.66 runs of support in his five starts this season, but those starts came with a healthier lineup behind him.

The Orioles may only have 11 healthy position players after second baseman Brian Roberts (strained left groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Catcher Javy Lopez (back spasms) and first baseman Kevin Millar (bruised wrist) are listed as day-to-day.

“We’re going to have to battle through it. Some other people are going to have to pick up the slack,” Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. “The only real problem right now that I would possibly have is Ramon (Hernandez) is going to have to be in there. But he’s had some days off. He should be able to handle it.”

Hernandez, a catcher who joined the Orioles in the offseason as a free agent from the San Diego Padres, is expected to start for the eighth consecutive game and is 3-for-25 (.120) in the last seven.

Miguel Tejada, who leads the American League with a .422 batting average, has been bothered by a left hamstring injury suffered on Friday, but has extended the league’s active consecutive games played streak to 944— seventh-longest in league history.

The shortstop made his third career start as a designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Baltimore’s 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. It was the sixth loss in eight games for the Orioles.

The injuries may be taking a toll on the offense. Baltimore went 4-for-27 (.148) with runners in scoring position in the last two games—both losses.

The Orioles purchased the contract of Brandon Fahey from Triple-A Ottawa and gave him his first major league start on Sunday. The shortstop went 2-for-4.

The Blue Jays (12-11) send left-hander Ted Lilly (2-1, 3.72) to the mound as he looks for his fourth consecutive solid outing.

Lilly has allowed five runs and 19 hits in 17 innings over his last three starts, including a win over Bedard and the Orioles on Wednesday.

Lilly is 4-1 with a 4.56 ERA in nine career starts against Baltimore, but has not won at Camden Yards since July 5, 2001.

Vernon Wells is riding a 10-game hitting streak, during which he is 17-for-42 (.405) with four home runs and 13 RBIs. The center fielder also hit safely in the first 12 games of the season and has only been held hitless once this season.

He has had success against Bedard, hitting 5-for-15 (.333) with a homer.

The Blue Jays are looking to avoid a season-high three-game losing streak after dropping the last two of a three-game series to the New York Yankees.

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T. Lilly LAD vs. E. Bedard LAD
15-13 Record 15-11
4.31 ERA 3.76
160 K 171
81 BB 69
1.43 WHIP 1.35