Seattle (2-3) at Baltimore (3-1)

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  • Game info: 1:35 pm EDT Sun Apr 6, 2008
  • TV: FSNW, MASN
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A sudden injury to Erik Bedard cost him the first chance to face his old teammates, but the Seattle Mariners are not expecting to skip a beat.

Felix Hernandez steps in for Bedard on Sunday as the Mariners try to avoid losing a third consecutive game to the Baltimore Orioles.

Bedard had been scheduled to take the mound at Camden Yards on Sunday for his first game there since the Orioles (3-1) traded him to Seattle (2-3) in a blockbuster deal for five prospects. Those plans were aborted Saturday when Bedard hurt his hip playing catch in the outfield before the Mariners’ 6-4 loss.

“Bedard’s got a little inflammation in the hip,” Seattle manager John McLaren said. “Playing catch, he felt something when he was pushing off. We’re just not going to take any chances with Erik.”

Bedard will now start Tuesday at Tampa Bay, while Hernandez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) gets moved up a day to take his place. Carlos Silva will get the ball in Monday’s series finale.

“I’ll be honest with you, Erik Bedard is one of the elite in the league. Not that you get a day off because you’ve got Felix throwing,” Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar said. “That’s probably one of the toughest one-two punches in the big leagues. Hopefully we can take advantage of it, but we’ve still got a tough customer in Felix.”

Hernandez, though, will need more help from his offense in order to win. He allowed an unearned run and five hits in seven innings against Texas on Tuesday, but wound up without a decision in a 5-4 defeat. He also made five assists in the field.

“Felix really showed a lot of grit out there and looked like a shortstop,” McLaren told the team’s official Web site. “He battled his way out of some tough jams.”

Hernandez, who will turn 22 on Tuesday, has won all three of his starts at Baltimore despite a lofty 4.86 ERA in those outings.

The Mariners are off to a slow start at the plate with a .233 team batting average, although all six of their home runs have come in the last three games.

Seattle designated hitter Jose Vidro has only managed to go 3-for-19 (.158) so far this season, but his last two hits have been homers, including a two-run shot Saturday. Vidro has excelled at Camden Yards recently, with a .438 (14-for-32) batting average there since the start of the 2006 season.

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (0-1, 8.44) will try to rebound from his lackluster season debut and help the Orioles extend their winning streak to four games. Baltimore has not won four in a row since a six-game run from July 22-28 last season.

Guthrie was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings of Monday’s season-opening 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

He didn’t fare any better in his only home start against the Mariners last Aug. 8, when he allowed six runs - five earned - and eight hits in four innings of an 8-4 defeat. He allowed two homers - one of them by Vidro, who is 5-for-5 with four RBIs lifetime against Guthrie.

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175 K 120
80 BB 58
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