Bedard moved to bullpen; Astros' lineup

Bedard moved to bullpen; Astros' lineup
May 5, 2013, 3:15 pm
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April 26, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Erik Bedard (45) pitches during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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 After a 17-2 loss to Detroit Saturday night, the Astros (8-23) continue their four-game series with the Tigers (18-11) at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Manager Bo Porter announced before Sunday’s game that starting LHP Erik Bedard has been moved to the bullpen indefinitely. Bedard has appeared in six games for the Astros so far this season and is 0-2 with an 8.20 ERA.  After throwing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in an Opening Night win over the Texas Rangers, Bedard has a 9.98 ERA in his five starts.

“I talked to Erik about it, and he took it well,” Porter said. “He understood the decision, and like I said to him, he’s not a guy that I’ll get up and sit back down. When he gets up [in the bullpen], I’m going to get him up and get him in the game. I understand where he’s at his in his career, but I do believe that he can really help us in a multitude of roles.

“His strikeouts are up and he’s a guy you can bring in if you find a pocket with some lefties that it may be the back end of a game situation, or it may be a long situation where we have a lead going into the sixth inning, kind of like we did Opening Day, and can set up the closer.”

Porter added the club will take advantage of Monday’s off today to keep starters Jordan Lyles, Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell on four days rest. The team is expected to announce Friday’s starter against the Rangers later in the week.

Porter also said 2B Jose Altuve, 3B Matt Dominguez and LF/DH Chris Carter have been given the day off Sunday to rest.

Here are the starting lineups:


Astros

1. Robbie Grossman, CF
2. Fernando Martinez, LF
3. Jason Castro, C
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Carlos Corporan, DH
6. Brandon Laird, 3B
7. Rick Ankiel, RF
8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
9. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B
P: RHP Philip Humber (0-6, 7.58)


Tigers

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Andy Dirks, LF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Don Kelly, RF
7. Brayan Pena, C
8. Omar Infante, 2B
9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: RHP Justin Verlander (3-2, 1.83)

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