Seattle's new ace of few words allowed three runs in two innings as the Mariners defeated a San Francisco Giants split squad 5-3 on Friday.
Tim Lincecum, a former star at the University of Washington in Seattle, fared well. The Giants' young gun allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
As if Bedard cared.
"I was throwing strikes. They were just hitting them. Can't do much about that," Bedard said, shrugging his shoulders after allowing four hits, walking two and striking out one in his first game since last Aug. 26, when an oblique strain ended his season with Baltimore.
"I already forgot about it."
The $7 million man for whom the Mariners recently traded five players to the Orioles -- including outfield prospect Adam Jones and top left-handed reliever George Sherrill -- threw 44 pitches. Thirty-one of them were strikes, many on sharp curveballs.
Bedard shrugged it all off. Especially the expectations of the Pacific Northwest, which hasn't had a playoff team since 2001.
"Everyone else has expectations. I don't," Bedard said.
Is that because the five-year veteran who last season set an Orioles record with 221 strikeouts knows what he can do?
"Yeah, pretty much," he said.
Mariners manager John McLaren acknowledged the likelihood of raised eyebrows back in Seattle over Bedard's first game -- then reminded all February just ended.
"I think this is a bigger deal than it should be because he is new and he is our opening day starter," McLaren said. "I didn't see anything that is alarming.
"We're not looking for shutouts every time he pitches. We're looking at him to be ready for March 31."
Bedard said he said he only wants to get his arm in shape for the season. When asked how long that usually takes, he said, "I have no idea. It could take two weeks, three weeks, a month. Who knows?
"I feel fine."
Then the Canadian gave a stern look and blurted, "This is way too many questions."
Lincecum looked good in his first game after being limited from throwing all offseason for fear of overuse. He threw 177 1/3 innings last season at Triple-A Fresno and San Francisco.
"Great job by Timmy," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
The Giants scored three times in the second. Rich Aurilia, scheduled to be San Francisco's opening-day third baseman, hit a hard single and Class A infielder Travis Denker lined an RBI single that zipped over Bedard's head.
Rajai Davis, the left-handed half of San Francisco's platoon with Dave Roberts that will replace Barry Bonds in left field this season, hit a sacrifice fly on the first pitch and Kevin Frandsen added an RBI single on the next pitch.
- San Francisco 2B Ray Durham, who underwent an MRI exam that showed no structural damage on his sore right shoulder, went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout as the DH. Bochy said Durham looked rusty and won't throw until next week.
- Mike Morse, trying to win Seattle's backup outfielder job, drove home the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth with a single. Morse had two RBI Thursday against San Diego. He is out of options to the minor leagues.