June 14, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Erik Bedard (45) pitches in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Pirates Vs. Orioles: Erik Bedard Hammered, Bucs Swept In Baltimore

Erik Bedard gave up seven runs in just 3.1 innings as the Orioles cruised to a sweep of the Pirates.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles Recap: Erik Bedard Crushed, Bucs Fall 12-6

The Baltimore Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Pirates on Thursday night with a 12-6 victory. Bucs' starter Erik Bedard was hammered right from the start and the O's didn't let up. He lasted only 3.1 innings and was credited with allowing seven of the 12 Baltimore runs. Baltimore put a four-spot on the board in the first inning, with all of it coming with two-outs. Matt Wieters opened the scoring with a single that knocked in Brian Roberts. Back-to-back doubles by Mark Reynolds and Steve Pearce quickly made it 4-0.

A five-run fourth inning made it 10-0 and removed all doubt. Both Wieters and Pearce did the damage again, with the Baltimore catcher coming through with a two-run single and Pearce ripping a three-run shot. Both hits came off Doug Slaten but Bedard was responsible for two of the runs.

The ten-run deficit put the game out of reach, but the offense was stirred a bit in the fifth and sixth inning. Rod Barajas continued his solid season with a three-run homer off Tommy Hunter in the fifth.

Wounded from the the three-game sweep, the Bucs now head to neighboring Cleveland for another interleague series against the Indians, who are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Reds.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Orioles, there's Camden Chat.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles: Erik Bedard Gives Bucs A Better Chance In Series Finale

The Pirates have had a hard time in their first two games against the Orioles, but a more favorable pitching matchup could lead to a different outcome in the series finale Thursday (7:05, ROOT Sports).

The Bucs allowed eight and seven runs in the first two games of the series after underwhelming starting pitching performances by Brad Lincoln and Kevin Correia, respectively, but the more reliable Erik Bedard takes the hill Thursday to face Tommy Hunter.

Hunter is a pitch-to-contact righty who has allowed way too much hard contact this season, giving up a remarkable 16 homers in 65 innings. That home run rate will likely come down if he gets more time, although it's not particularly clear he deserves it.

Bedard, meanwhile, strikes out nearly a batter an inning, and he has a good chance of racking up strikeouts against Baltimore's very strikeout-prone offense.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Orioles, there's Camden Chat.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles Final Score: Baltimore Dominates In 7-1 Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their first matchup with the Baltimore Orioles, but the Bucs made a game of it even after falling behind early with a late rally. The Pirates scored four runs in the final three innings to cut into the lead, but ultimately lose. Pittsburgh once again found themselves in a hole early against Baltimore, but no rally would emerge on Wednesday night.

The Bucs were able to scatter some hits through out the game and picked up their lone run in the top of the seventh inning, but they just couldn't string enough hits together to score and keep up with Baltimore. The Orioles steadily built a lead through the game, coming away with a 7-1 victory and their second win in a row in the series.

The Pirates can avoid the sweep on Thursday evening.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Orioles, there's Camden Chat.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles Score Update: Baltimore Jumps To Early 3-0 Lead

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped their first match up against the Baltimore Orioles in interleague play 8-6 on Tuesday, and the Bucs are once again in a hole mid-way through the game against the Orioles on Wednesday, down 3-0. The Orioles got on the board in the bottom of the first inning on a Chris Davis double.

Baltimore added two more runs in the very next inning thanks to a Wilson Betemit double that scored Mark Reynolds, followed up by a Steve Pearce single to bring Betemit home.

The Pirates bats continue to struggle to get solid contact with just four hits through four innings as Jake Arrieta has fanned six batters through three innings of work so far. Casey McGehee has been the only semblance of offense for the Bucs on the night with a hit in each at bat.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Orioles, there's Camden Chat.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles Lineups: Jake Arrieta Starts In Place Of Baltimore's Brian Matusz

Here are the lineups for Wednesday night’s matchup between the Orioles and Pirates.

Alex Presley LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Garrett Jones DH
Casey McGehee 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Jose Tabata RF
Clint Barmes SS
Michael McKenry C

Kevin Correia SP

Orioles:

Brian Roberts 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Steve Pearce LF
Ryan Flaherty RF

Jake Arrieta P

Arrieta takes the place of Brian Matusz, who sits due to a nose bruise suffered while he was trying to bunt.

Arrieta has a 6.32 ERA so far this year, but he’s had a rough time with hits on balls in play and with fly balls going over the fence. He’s improved throughout his career, and his eight strikeouts per nine innings so far this year are nothing to sneeze at. However, he allowed nine runs in his last outing, against the Phillies.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Orioles, there’s Camden Chat.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles: Kevin Correia Tries To Right Ship Against Brian Matusz

The first game of the Pirates’ series against the Orioles Tuesday night didn’t go particularly well, with the Bucs losing 8-6. On Wednesday, Kevin Correia looks to get the Bucs turned around.

Correia allowed three runs in five innings in his last start, which came against the Reds. He has a 4.29 ERA in 63 innings so far this year, but his peripheral numbers have run significantly behind that.

Correia’s mound opponent will be Brian Matusz. Matusz, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 draft, has had a disappointing start to his career so far, and his performance so far in 2012 has been part of that. Matusz has struck out 50 batters in 65.1 innings so far, walking 30 and allowing eight homers. Those walk and home run numbers are both too large, so his 4.82 ERA comes as no surprise. Matusz is coming off a poor start against the Red Sox in which he walked five batters and exited after two innings.

UPDATE: Matusz' start has been pushed to Friday, due to a nose bruise. Jake Arrieta will start instead.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Orioles, there’s Camden Chat.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles Recap: Bucs Roughed Up In 8-6 Loss To Baltimore

Despite a late rally that made things interesting in Baltimore, the Pittsburgh Pirates had their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night. The Orioles got to Brad Lincoln early and then hammered Chris Resop in a four-run sixth inning to take an 8-2 lead. The Bucs added four late runs, but the big six-run hole was too much to overcome.

Baltimore's Adam Jones, who's been at the heart of the Orioles strong first half, knocked in two off Lincoln. Jones brought home J.J. Hardy and then ripped a solo shot to left. He was also on base when Mark Reynolds took Lincoln deep in the second. Baltimore would never look back. The O's put it out of reach with big sixth inning off Resop. Pittsburgh started the frame with two straight throwing errors, first by Clint Barmes and then on a misfire by Resop. The big inning ended with DH Chris Davis ripping a two-run homer to right center.

Neil Walker had a big night on offense for Clint Hurdle, driving in three runs. He took Kevin Gregg into the left-field bleachers in the ninth that forced Buck Showalter to use Jim Johnson to complete the save. It was an impressive shot by Walker in a game that seemed all but over.

Kevin Correia will take the mound on Wednesday as the Bucs try to start a new streak.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh and this StoryStream for updates throughout the series.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles: Tuesday Starting Lineups

Tied atop the N.L. Central standings, the Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep the momentum rolling on Tuesday night, as they face the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a three-game interleague series. Taking the mound and leading that effort for Pittsburgh is Brad Lincoln, who has gone 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 15 appearances this season, including two starts. Lincoln has been inserted back into the rotation, as starters Charlie Morton and Jeff Karstens are both on the disabled hist.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST and will be televised on ROOT.

Pirates (32-27)

Alex Presley LF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Casey McGehee 1B
Matt Hague DH
Pedro Alvarez
Jose Tabata
Rod Barajas C
Clint Barmes SS

Orioles (34-26)

Brian Roberts 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Steve Pearce LF
Endy Chavez RF

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh and this StoryStream for updates throughout the series.

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Pirates' Interleague Schedule Relatively Easy This Year

Interleague play has always been hard on the Pirates, but finally, in a year in which they’re already 32-27, in 2012 it might not be.

Interleague play has already begun, of course, with the Pirates sweeping the Royals in their most recent series and losing two of three to the Tigers back in May. It continues Tuesday night with a three-game set against the Orioles, then three more against the Indians. Both teams are well above .500, but they’ve also both allowed more runs than they’ve scored, so these aren’t particularly tough matchups.

The Bucs then get three games against the Twins, who, along with the Padres and Cubs, have been among the worst teams in baseball this season. Then it’s three games against the Tigers, who are well below .500.

All that means that the Pirates aren’t going to play an interleague series against a team that currently has more runs scored than allowed. That’s thanks to the fact that they get to play most of their interleague games against the weak AL Central — and they miss the first-place White Sox. That’s quite a gift from the scheduling gods.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles: Brad Lincoln At A Crossroads

Dejan Kovacevic writes that Brad Lincoln's performance in the Pirates' rotation beginning Tuesday night against the Orioles could be crucial if the Pirates are to find a hitter on the trade market.

But I’ll reiterate that Lincoln needs to step up for the Pirates to have full faith in their pitching depth to make a trade. If he looks like a legit — even if unspectacular — starter, you add Rudy Owens into the chart, and there’s plenty to give.

I'm skeptical of this for a couple reasons -- I don't think the Pirates are a legitimate contender (although I hope to be proven wrong about that in the near future), and I'm not sure how much value someone like Lincoln or Owens will have on the trade market. But I think this is basically right. The Pirates' greatest asset as a trading partner, or at least their greatest asset that's anywhere near the majors, is their depth in starting pitching. If Lincoln can show he can be a legitimate mid-rotation starter, that would give the Pirates a lot of flexibility.

Other than James McDonald and Jason Grilli, no one on the Pirates has improved his stock this year as much as Brad Lincoln has. He's gone from a Class AAA afterthought to, at the very least, someone who ought to be able to help in the bullpen, perhaps in a high-leverage role. If he can also show that his changeup is a solid major-league pitch, he might be able to make it as a starter as well.

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout.

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Pirates Vs. Orioles: Bucs Prepare For Series Against Team In Similar Situation

Like the Pirates, the Orioles have a long streak of losing seasons, but currently find themselves in contention.

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