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    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Erik Bedard expects to have some butterflies Thursday before he pitches the opener for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    "It's the first game of the season, so everybody does," Bedard said. "But it's another game, just one out of 162. Everybody makes a big deal out of opening day, but there's always another game after that."

    In his final spring training tuneup Saturday, Bedard went five innings for Pittsburgh's split squad in a 6-all tie with the Baltimore Orioles. The game was called after nine innings because both teams ran out of pitchers.

    Bedard gave up four runs on five hits, walked two and struck out two.

    "Just trying to get the pitch count up," Bedard said. "That's what spring training is for."

    The Orioles took a 4-1 lead in the fourth on consecutive home runs by Ronny Paulino and Jai Miller. Paulino's homer, his first of the spring, was a three-run shot.

    It was Miller's first game back after missing 10 days due to tendinitis in his right knee. He's out of minor league options and is in the mix for the final bench spot.

    "You can't really show anybody anything when you're hurt and not playing," Miller said. "So I definitely wanted to get back in there and just get some at-bats, get that timing back and show what I can do."

    The Pirates regained the lead by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth against Jake Arietta. Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer, Rod Barajas doubled and scored on a squeeze bunt by Bedard.

    Barajas delayed his break for the plate and slid in under Paulino's tag. Clint Barmes went to third on the play and scored when Paulino's throw sailed into left field.

    "I was trying to get out of the way and I ended up bunting," Bedard said. "I turned around and was like, `Wow, what happened?"'

    Arietta worked five innings and allowed six runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out five.

    "I felt good out of the stretch and the windup," he said. "My stuff was pretty good. Two real bad changeups were hit out. I was pounding the zone early in the game and they were just coming out of their shoes on fastballs."

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn't too concerned that Arietta's changeup was iffy.

    "He wouldn't throw that pitch during the season," Showalter said. "He's in a good spot. He's healthy, he's throwing the ball (well) and he feels good about his stuff. I'm happy with where he is compared to where he was (at the end of) last year."

    NOTES: The game was delayed 46 minutes by rain before the top of the seventh. ... The Orioles optioned RHP Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk. Tillman had a 2.92 ERA in five outings (one start). ... Orioles RHP Tommy Hunter will start a minor league intrasquad game Sunday. ... LHP Zach Phillips and LHP Troy Patton appear to be the leaders for the final two spots in the Orioles' bullpen. ... The Pirates will finish Grapefruit League play on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Pirates will then fly to Philadelphia for exhibition games on Monday and Tuesday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. ... The Pirates drew 82,390 fans for 15 home games this spring. It's the third-highest total since the Pirates moved to McKechnie Field in 1969.

     
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    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Endy Chavez, CF3000002 .485
       a- Buck Britton, PH-3B2000010 .250
    Nolan Reimold, LF3000001 .179
       b- Steve Tolleson, PH-SS2000000 .258
    J.J. Hardy, SS3000000 .238
       c- Ryan Flaherty, PH-1B1000010 .241
    Nick Johnson, DH2100100 .267
       d- Aaron Baker, PH-DH11110001.000
    Wilson Betemit, 3B3220000 .268
        Jamie Hoffmann, RF1000010 .143
    Chris Davis, 1B3010023 .268
        John Hester, C1000000 .000
    Ronny Paulino, C3113002 .216
        Trent Mummey, CF0000100 .250
    Jai Miller, RF3122010 .233
        L.J. Hoes, LF1000001 .211
    Robert Andino, 2B2010101 .296
        Sammie Starr, 2B1000000 .000
    Totals3568636  
    a-struck out for Chavez in the 7th
    b-flied out for Reimold in the 7th
    c-struck out for Hardy in the 7th
    d-homered for N. Johnson in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Wilson Betemit (4, Hanrahan)
    HR - Aaron Baker (1, Harvey), Ronny Paulino (1, Bedard), Jai Miller (2, Bedard)
    RBI - Aaron Baker (1), Ronny Paulino 3 (6), Jai Miller 2 (10)
    2-OUT RBI - Ronny Paulino 3 (4), Jai Miller 2 (3)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - B. Britton-Starr-Flaherty
    E - Ronny Paulino (1, Throwing), Pedro Strop (2, Throwing)
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jake Arrieta 5865252 6.14
    Kevin Gregg 1000100 4.50
    Darren O'Day 1100010 1.50
    Jim Johnson 1000110 6.75
    Pedro Strop 1000110 1.93
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 6-4, Kevin Gregg 2-1, Darren O'Day 1-1, Jim Johnson 2-0, Pedro Strop 2-0
    Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 25, Kevin Gregg 4, Darren O'Day 4, Jim Johnson 4, Pedro Strop 4
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Alex Presley, LF4111001 .333
        Andy Vasquez, LF1000001 .333
    Nate McLouth, RF3000121 .349
       a- Jin-De Jhang, PH0000100 .000
    Andrew McCutchen, CF3010001 .327
        Dan Grovatt, CF1000010 .333
    Neil Walker, 2B3110012 .269
        Ashley Ponce, 2B2000001 .000
    Casey McGehee, 3B4121111 .308
    Garrett Jones, 1B4112012 .245
    Rod Barajas, C3120001 .295
        Kristopher Watts, C1000000 .000
    Clint Barmes, SS3110011 .288
        Benjamin Gonzalez, SS1000010 .000
       b- Adalberto Santos, PH-RF0000200 .500
    Totals3469558  
    a-walked for J. Diaz in the 9th
    b-walked for Hanrahan in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Neil Walker (3, Arrieta), Casey McGehee (7, Arrieta), Rod Barajas (4, Arrieta)
    HR - Alex Presley (2, Arrieta), Garrett Jones (4, Arrieta)
    SH - Dan Grovatt (1), Erik Bedard (1)
    RBI - Alex Presley (8), Casey McGehee (8), Garrett Jones 2 (16), Erik Bedard (1)
    SB - Andrew McCutchen (4, 2nd base off Arrieta/Paulino), Adalberto Santos (1, 2nd base off Gregg/Paulino)
    Team LOB - 8
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Erik Bedard 5544222 5.03
    Joel Hanrahan (H,4) 1211010 3.38
    Chris Leroux (H,4) 1000020 8.68
    Kris Harvey 1111111 9.00
    Jose Diaz 1000000 0.00
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 4-9, Jose Diaz 2-1
    Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 22, Joel Hanrahan 5, Chris Leroux 3, Kris Harvey 5, Jose Diaz 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3720
    Game Time - 2:45
    Temperature - 82
    Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi