Posted April 04, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Erik Bedard isn't sure when he morphed from a promising prospect to one of the oldest guys in the clubhouse. Then again, the 33-year-old left-hander understands it's easy to feel like an elder statesmen on one of baseball's youngest teams. Bedard will get the call on Thursday when the Pirates open the season against the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Clint Hurdle downplayed the notion the three-game set against the Phillies will serve as a barometer for the season. Pittsburgh is hoping to erase a miserable finish in which the Pirates slid from first to fourth in the NL Central over the final two months. The Phillies had the best record in baseball last season but lost to St. Louis in the opening round of the playoffs. Cy Young winner Roy Halladay will start for Philadelphia.
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