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Ex-Orioles roundup: Bedard to start Saturday; Byrnes' streak snapped

Here's a look at how former Orioles have fared recently:

Erik Bedard, Mariners

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Played in Baltimore from 2002-2007

Bedard threw a successful bullpen session before Tuesday's game against the Orioles and has been cleared to return from the disabled list.

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After missing two starts early in the season due to inflammation in his left hip, the Mariners placed Bedard on the disabled list on April 15, retroactive to April 9. That means he's eligible to be activated on Thursday.

John Hickey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer speculated Tuesday on a Mariners blog that Bedard could start Thursday's series finale against the Orioles. Well, it won't happen and the Orioles will have to wait even longer to face their former teammate.

The left-hander will have a second bullpen session before Thursday's game. If everything goes well, Bedard will start Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. The Mariners are now listing left-handed pitcher Jarrod Washburn (1-3, 4.13) as the starting pitcher in Thursday's game.

Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks

Played in Baltimore in 2005

Through 20 games, Byrnes is hitting .293 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. He has three stolen bases and 16 runs scored. He is currently tied for second in the National League with nine doubles.

Byrnes hit in 14 consecutive games, April 4 through Sunday. According to the East Valley Tribune, Byrnes was growing a mustache during the hitting streak. After going 0-for-4 to end the streak on Sunday, Byrnes shaved.

However, he vowed that there would be plenty of time to spot him with a mustache this season. "It was a good run. You guys have not seen the last of the 'stache," he told the newspaper.

Jerry Hairston, Reds

Played in Baltimore from 1998-2004

After a hot start at Triple-A Louisville, the Cincinnati Reds recalled Hairston on Monday. The 31-year-old utilityman was hitting .421 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 14 games for Louisville.

Hairston batted leadoff and started in center field for the Reds Tuesday night. He was 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Hairston was the first Reds player to get four hits in a game this season.

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Chris Gomez, Pirates

Played in Baltimore from 2005-2007

Gomez is filling in nicely as a utility infielder for Pittsburgh this season. In 15 games, he is 9-for-30 with six RBIs and three runs scored.

Shortstop Jack Wilson is currently on the disabled list with a strained left calf muscle, so Gomez is getting plenty of chances to help the team.

According to MLB.com, the Pirates are impressed with his ability to play a key role on the field, as well as in the clubhouse. "He's going to give you a professional approach at the plate and a professional day at the ballpark," Pirates manager John Russell said.

Jack Cust, Athletics

Played in Baltimore from 2003-2004

After Cust collected 26 home runs and 82 RBIs with the Athletics last season, many Orioles fans were probably bemoaning the fact that the club allowed him to get away after the 2004 season.

It's still early in the season, but Cust may be proving that last year was more of an anomaly. In 18 games this season, Cust is hitting .148 with one home run and six RBIs. Through Tuesday, Cust has yet to have a multi-hit game in 2008.

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