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August 3, 2008 12:31 PM

Game threads, Aug. 3, Mariners vs. Orioles

Posted by Larry Stone


Exciting development today -- an Erik Bedard sighting.

He re-emerged this morning to throw on flat ground for 30 throws, at 60-foot distance. Trainer Rick Griffin said it went well, and that he had no discomfort in his left shoulder -- an encouraging sign. But asked if there was any projection for his return. Griffin laughed and said, "We're projecting he'll play catch tomorrow."

Jim Riggleman also indicated strongly that Brandon Morrow will be transitioned to the rotation as soon as J.J. Putz shows he's ready to take overt the closer's role again. Riggleman said he thinks there's still plenty of time to make the move this season.

"You need a certain amount of time, but we're not at that point yet,'' he said. "How long did it take with Ryan Rowland-Smith down there? He's already ready. It doesn't take long. In two weeks, you can have him stretched out long enough to go five innings....We're not looking for Brandon to comeout here and go eight or nine innings.''

Lineups

Baltimore

Brian Roberts 2B

Jay Payton CF

Nick Markakis RF

Aubrey Huff DH

Melvin Mora 3B

Kevin Millar 1B

Luke Scott LF

Guilllermo Quiroz C

Alex Cintron SS

Daniel Cabrera P

Mariners

Ichiro RF

Jeremy Reed CF

Raul Ibanez LF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Jose Lopez 2B

Jose Vidro DH

Bryan LaHair 1B

Jeff Clement C

Yuniesky Betancourt SS

Carlos Silva P

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