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March 27, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Bedard feels great, gets waxed

Thought about throwing Ichiro’s name in the headline just to get some of you to stop posting on a day-old topic you say is old news, but I figured Erik Bedard is still a big enough name for some.
Not much of an outing by Bedard today, despite saying he felt as good as he has all spring. If you’re a firm believer in spring training stats being meaningless — and Bedard is used to putting up lousy spring stats before rebounding to a decent season — then that first part should be music to your ears.
“I was a little erratic with the fastball, but I probably felt the best I have all spring,” he said. “Just arm-wise and physically.”
He was asked how that’s possible.
“I have no idea,” he said. “Sometimes you feel bad and you throw good. Sometimes you feel good and you throw bad.”
On the scoreboard, Bedard gave up two singles, a walk and a grand slam home run by Christian Colonel of the Colorado Rockies. Good thing he wasn’t a General. Anyhow, the second inning saw a leadoff walk but then a groundout and a double-play grounder. In his third and final inning, Bedard walked two of the first three batters, hit another with a pitch, then saw the General, oops, I mean Colonel, hit a deep sacrifice fly to center that got hung up in the wind a bit. The crowd gasped as it came off Colonel’s bat, envisioning an eight-RBI day before the game was even three innings old, but it only went for one run. Sal Fasano then singled to bring another run in to make it 6-0.
Anyhow, the game just ended, an 8-3 loss to the Rockies.
Nothing great really came out of this one. Brandon Morrow went an inning plus two batters, giving up a two-run homer in the second.
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Both guys got their pitching and work in. But that’s about it.
“The only good thing, really, about Bedard and Morrow is that they got their pitch count up a bit,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. “Morrow looked strond and came out of that with no problems.”
As for Bedard, he’ll get one more outing to build up arm endurance before the season begins. He was on a pitch-count limit of 65 today and threw 64.
“I think it was like watching Felix (Hernandez) yesterday,” Wakamatsu said. “There’s getting your work in and your pitch count up, but there’s also getting ready to start the season. I wasn’t real impressed with, I guess, the motivation behind it. But as I said, the good thing about it is they both came out of there with no problems and got their pitch count up where we wanted it.”
Kenji Johjima went 2-for-2 with a single and a double and picked a guy off first base. Not a bad outing for a guy with lots to show the staff — pitching and coaching — this next week or so. The catching decisions will come down to the wire. Wakamatsu said earlier today that he probably won’t have it resolved before the team heads to Las Vegas next Thursday.
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