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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Left-hander Erik Bedard gave up just one hit --a two-out single to left field by the Minnesota Twins' Josh Willingham in the first inning --over three scoreless frames with three strikeouts in his second Grapefruit League start of the season at McKechnie Field on Saturday.

"30 pitches, and he had good command of his fastball," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "I thought he spun the ball extremely well, which made his fastball work even more quickly. It was a very effective outing for Erik."

Bedard said he feels he progressed from his first outing, where he allowed two runs on a hit with two walks over two innings on against the Toronto Blue Jays his last trip to the mound.

The results, yeah, but I felt the same," Bedard said...

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