ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles have defeated Brad Bergesen in salary arbitration, giving clubs a 3-2 lead over players this year.

Bergesen, a former Foothill High of Pleasanton star, will receive an $800,000 salary this year rather than his request for $1.2 million. Arbitrators Robert Herzog, Mark Burstein and Elizabeth Neumeier made their decision Thursday, a day after hearing arguments.

Bergesen was 2-7 with a 5.70 ERA in 12 starts and 22 relief appearances last season, when he made $434,000.

Baltimore went to a hearing for the first time since beating pitcher Rodrigo Lopez in 2006.

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is among 11 players still scheduled for hearings.




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