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Pirates Name Bedard Opening Day Starter

Pirates Name Bedard Opening Day Starter

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- After the Pirates 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at McKechnie Field, Manager Clint Hurdle announced that left-hander Erik Bedard will be the Opening Day starter on April 5 at PNC Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hurdle also said that Jeff Karstens will start game two, James McDonald game three, and Kevin Correia will get the first start on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The decision on the opening day starter was shuffled after right-hander A.J. Burnett had to undergo right eye surgery to repair the fractured orbital bone in his right eye.

"We were planning on giving the ball to A.J. to start the season," Hurdle said.

"We tried to look at the first two weeks and add on the next month. We had conversation e...

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