Mariners' Bedard battles back from injuries

May, 31, 2011
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After missing the entire 2010 season because of two shoulder operations, the Seattle Mariners' Erik Bedard has begun to show signs that his injured left arm is a thing of the past.

Bedard looks to win his third straight start when he faces his former team, the Baltimore Orioles, Tuesday in Seattle. (Bedard is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in two career starts against the Orioles.)

In his last five starts, Bedard is 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA and has not allowed a home run. (In his first four starts, he had a 7.71 ERA and allowed seven home runs.)

So what’s been behind his recent success?

Bedard has been locating more of his pitches down in the zone, and the result has been more ground balls. Over his last five starts, more than 25 percent of plate appearances have ended on pitches down in the zone, compared to 18.2 percent in his first four starts.

• While Bedard looks to extend his win streak, Jo-Jo Reyes finally has a chance to start one following his complete-game victory against the Cleveland Indians on Monday. With Reyes' MLB-record 28-start winless streak snapped, who currently has the longest drought? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the longest current streak of winless starts among active pitchers is 12, by the Colorado Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez and the New York Mets' Mike O'Connor, although he hasn't made a start since 2008.

Reyes picked up his first "W" of the season, but what other players are still looking for that first "something" of the season:

• Kevin Correia is 0-for-24 at the plate, the most at-bats without a hit this season.

Wil Nieves
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• Wil Nieves has 0 RBI, and his 43 at-bats are the most for a player without an RBI in 2011.

• Cedric Hunter has put 20 balls into play, but none of them has been classified as a groundball (according to Inside Edge data), the most balls in play without a groundball by a player this season.

• Daniel Descalso is 0-for-17 in at-bats ending on the first pitch, the most at-bats ending on the first pitch without a hit this season.

• Michael Martinez is 0-for-24 in at-bats ending with two strikes, the most at-bats ending with two strikes without a hit this season.

• Koyie Hill is 0-for-20 with runners in scoring position, most at-bats with RISP without a hit this season.

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