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Sunday, September 18, 2011
Erik Bedard returning Tuesday

By Gordon Edes
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have set their pitching for the Orioles' series, and it includes Erik Bedard's return to the rotation.

Kyle Weiland, the rookie from Notre Dame, will pitch the first game of Monday night's day-night doubleheader against the Orioles, John Lackey will pitch the nightcap, and lefty Bedard will return to the rotation Tuesday night. Josh Beckett goes Wednesday.

Bedard made six starts for the Red Sox after being acquired from Seattle at the trading deadline, going 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA, but hasn't pitched since Sept. 3 because of soreness in his left knee, an injury that sidelined him for the month just prior to his acquisition. He also strained a lat muscle, a consequence of favoring the knee.

"There was some thought to pitching Bedard the first game (Monday), but we really wanted to talk to him a little bit more and see if another day would be to his benefit, which he thought it was," manager Terry Francona said. "That's why we were waiting. Weiland had thrown 61 pitches (Thursday), so he's fine to come back, either way."

Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.