Struggling Pirates release Bedard

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 28, 2012
The Pittsburgh Pirates released struggling left-handed starter Erik Bedard on Tuesday, two days after he lost his 14th game of the season, tied for the most in the majors this year. The 33-year-old Bedard went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA for Pittsburgh after signing a one-year, $4.5 million contract in the offseason. Bedard got off to a strong start and went 4-1 in May before his numbers steadily declined. He went 4-10 in his final 14 starts as his ERA ballooned from 3.12 on May 27 to the worst among Pittsburgh's starters. Bedard gave up six runs in six hits, walking two and striking out three in a 7-0 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday. The Pirates have not announced who will replace Bedard's spot on the roster and rotation. Pittsburgh has lost five of its past six games and is 5-12 since Aug. 9. The Pirates have fallen three games back in the race for the final National League wild-card spot.
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