BRADENTON, FL - Off season acquisition Erik Bedard was named the Pirates Opening Day starter on Thursday by manger Clint Hurdle. Bedard was signed by the Pirates over the winter after spending 2011 with the Boston Red Sox.
Hurdle did tell the media that his staff was planning on naming A.J. Burnett the game one starter but Burnett is still recovering from a fractured bone in his face.
Bedard will face the Phillies and Roy Halladay on April 5 at PNC Park.