Second baseman Neil Walker entered June with a .254 batting average. But as the weather got warmer, so, too, did Walker's bat. Despite a 1-for-10 performance in this series, Walker has a .333 average for the month, with 11 RBIs and two homers. He has raised his batting average on the season to .271.
Orioles: Hunter taking the hill
Facing Bedard on Thursday will be right-hander Tommy Hunter. Hunter faced the Pirates just once, in 2010 while with the Rangers. In that start, he got the win, pitching six innings while allowing just two earned runs. He didn't issue any walks, and struck out six.
The Orioles are 7-4 this season when Hunter starts. Pittsburgh is 6-6 this year when Bedard gets the nod.