WASHINGTON -- Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo has been around Erik Bedard enough not to second-guess his best starting pitcher. So when Perlozzo hears Bedard utter the words "I'm done," the manager shakes his hand and decides who is coming into the game next.
That's what happened yesterday when Bedard walked off the field after the seventh inning. He was dominant for much of the afternoon, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while tying a career high with 12 strikeouts. But after throwing 98 pitches and having to take a couple of sprints around the bases with his two hits, Bedard decided he was through.
He then watched the bullpen blow another of his games as Chad Bradford and Danys Baez combined to squander a two-run lead created not only by the arm of Bedard, but also by his bat. The Washington Nationals' 4-3 victory kept Bedard winless since April 18, a span of six starts. He has gotten a no-decision in five of those, despite pitching at least six innings and giving up three runs or fewer in four straight starts.
"He's pretty honest with you. When he says he's done, he's usually done," Perlozzo said. "He pitched seven good innings for us - did a great job and you can't say anything else about it. It's our job to shut it down from there on out, and we didn't do it."
Asked whether it is tough not to push himself to get further into the game with the winless streak he is on, Bedard said that would be counterproductive.
"Sometimes, that goes against what you want to do," he said. "If you are tired and you go back out there, bad things might happen. So when I'm tired, I'm out and I leave it to the bullpen."
Bedard was pleased with his two hits, especially after taking several rounds of batting practice recently. But the hits, which included a sixth-inning RBI single, might have worked against him.
"That's the thing that you are not used to," he said. "That inning, it was hard to get my breath back after doing sprints."
Trebelhorn back home
Orioles bench coach Tom Trebelhorn remained away from the team in Arizona to be with his wife, Elizabeth "Bo" Black, who is recovering from a stroke she suffered in February. Perlozzo said he received an e-mail yesterday from Trebelhorn, who wrote that his wife's condition is getting a little better.
"She's walking around and ate some of his food. So I would say, that is pretty good," said Perlozzo, who is optimistic that Trebelhorn will return to the bench during this week's homestand.
If shortstop Miguel Tejada takes a day off and ends his consecutive-games streak, which reached 1,124 yesterday, it won't be because Perlozzo decides to put him on the bench. Perlozzo said Tejada, who walked three times yesterday but went just 7-for-34 on the road trip and has one extra-base hit in 18 May games, has earned the right to decide when he wants a break.
"To me, there is no use broaching that," Perlozzo said. "That's Miggy's call. When Miggy says that he wants to get the day off, he'll get the day off. He knows if he ever wants to DH sometime that he can try to get to me a day or two before so I can maneuver the lineup and work it out for him. That's what I told him I'd try to do."
Hall of Fame plans set
The Orioles departed for Cooperstown, N.Y., after yesterday's game. They were scheduled to take a tour of the Hall of Fame last night and then face the Toronto Blue Jays in the Hall of Fame Game this afternoon.
The club has added 12 players from Single-A Frederick to join them on the trip, including right-hander Brandon Erbe, a McDonogh graduate who is one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects. Erbe will start the game, and Perlozzo will also have Jason Berken, Dan Lonsberry, Bob McCrory and Richard Salazar available to pitch. No Orioles are scheduled to pitch.
Perlozzo said he would use his starters, but he's not sure how long they would play. Frederick infielders Blake Davis and Pete Maestrales, outfielders Jacob Duncan and Arturo Rivas, utility players Jonathan Tucker and Gera Alvarez, and catcher Brian Bock will also make the trip.
The game will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.baseballhalloffame.org beginning at 2 p.m. The Home Run Derby will be broadcast live at 1 p.m.