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SEA@SD: Bedard fans nine over eight scoreless frames

If Erik Bedard hasn't yet proved that he's back, all he needs are a couple of Interleague starts to sway any remaining doubters.

On Wednesday, Bedard will face Nationals left-hander John Lannan at Nationals Park in the second of a three-game series.

Since winning his first game of the season, on April 27, Bedard is 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA in nine outings, with the Mariners losing only one of his starts. One of those wins came in his most recent start, in which he threw seven shutout innings while allowing only three hits.

"I felt good, threw strikes, and we made some really good defensive plays," Bedard said afterward.

Bedard has been one of the best pitchers in the short history of Interleague Play. He has a 1.79 ERA, which puts him first among active pitchers with a minimum of 100 innings in that category. He also is 8-1 in Interleague with a .889 winning percentage, which ranks second among pitchers with at least five decisions. (Taylor Buchholz of the Mets is first, at a perfect 5-0.) In his only start against an NL team this season, on May 20 against San Diego, Bedard threw eight shutout innings.

Now Bedard is facing Lannan, who has a 1.08 ERA in his last five outings. Lannan hasn't allowed more than two runs in that span, with the Nationals winning four of those games. Lannan took a no-decision in his most recent start after allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings.

"Same as always, I just had the sinker working," Lannan said afterward. "I felt I had a good rhythm, and I knew if I got in trouble, I could go to the sinker. The theme of tonight was just getting ahead and getting ground balls."

Mariners: Ackley moves up
Dustin Ackley's hot start to his Major League career continued on Tuesday, when he went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. He is batting .267 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs in his first four games, and on Tuesday he hit in the five-hole. Manager Eric Wedge thinks Ackley profiles as a top-three hitter in the lineup.

"He's only been here for a few days, and he'll be up there at some point in time, but let's let him get a road trip under his belt and play a little bit here," Wedge said.

• Seattle pitchers are 2-for-13 at the plate this season after Doug Fister collected his first Major League hit and RBI on Tuesday.

Nationals: Pudge hits 20-year mark
Twenty years ago Monday, Ivan Rodriguez made his Major League debut for the Rangers, going 1-for-4 as a 19-year-old. On Tuesday the catcher -- who is 161 hits away from 3,000 -- talked of his time in the big leagues.

"It's good. It's always nice to be playing for this long. I still have a lot left in my career," Rodriguez said. "To be honest with you, time goes by very fast. It's hard to believe it's 20 years now. When you keep yourself in good shape, you are going to be in this sport for a long time."

• The Nationals are hitting .296 with 21 doubles, 19 homers and 63 runs in their last 11 home games.

Worth noting
• Ranking behind Bedard, New York's Mariano Rivera has the second-lowest ERA in Interleague action (1.89), Giants right-hander Matt Cain is third with a 2.76 mark and Seattle's Felix Hernandez is fourth, at 2.78.

• Washington's Ryan Zimmerman has hit safely in 10 straight games, dating back to before his stint on the disabled list.

• The Mariners have won four of their last five games.

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