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By Jon Weisman

Pitchers Erik Bedard and Ben Rowen have officially been signed by the Dodgers to minor-league contracts with invites to big-league camp at Spring Training.

Bedard, who turns 36 in March, led the American League in strikeout rate and hit rate in 2007, but has battled health issues since while pitching for Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston and Tampa Bay. Last year, the lefty had a 4.39 fielding-independent ERA in 17 games (15 starts) and 75 2/3 innings for the Rays, twice throwing six shutout innings in a start.

Rowen, 26, has pitched a total of 8 2/3 innings in the Majors (with Texas last season), but has had a ton written about him and his intriguing submarine style this month, including two posts at Dodgers Digest (by Mike Petriello and Daniel Brim) and Eric Stephen at True Blue L.A. In his third MLB game, on June 20 against the Angels, Rowen pitched 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief with three strikeouts, facing 11 batters and allowing one hit.

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