Tag:Erik Bedard
Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:21 pm

Yankees fan serves Red Sox pitcher court papers

BedardBy Evan Brunell

How fun it must have been for Tom Cabral, a life-long Yankees fan, to serve Erik Bedard with court papers in the Red Sox clubhouse on Tuesday.

Bedard, who joined the Red Sox at the trade deadline, was served court papers in a child-custody case with his ex-girlfriend, Courtney Roberts. Cabral acted on Roberts' behalf in serving papers and wore a Yankees shirt into the clubhouse while performing his duty.

“When I walked in, I was like, ‘I’m a Yankees fan, but I’m not trying to [give you a hard time],’ ” Cabral told the New York Post. “I told him that and said, ‘Sorry, I’ve got to do this.’ But he said it was no problem. I handed him the copies of all the documents and he signed them.
The Red Sox had asked Cabral to defer the papers until Wednesday as Bedard was starting Tuesday night and the team didn't want to distract him. However, Cabral couldn't accommodate the team as Roberts wanted the papers served that day.

“[The Red Sox] legal department was joking with me about it," Cabral added. "They were saying, ‘That’s why you’re so adamant about doing it today -- you’re a Yankees fan.’ ”

Bedard and Roberts had a previous agreement in December 2006, before his salary took off. Bedard made $1.4 million for the Orioles in '06 but since then has racked up over $20 million in earnings, so Roberts is trying to receive more money in child-support payments.
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Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:53 am

Pepper: Mets might change Citi Field dimensions

By Matt Snyder

A common refrain since the Mets moved into Citi Field is that the outfield dimensions cost the team loads of home runs in each given season. Notably, it's been discussed how many homers have turned into doubles for David Wright by several different New York reporters. Only Kauffman Stadium (Royals) and AT&T Park (Giants) have been worse for home runs this season and Citi Field ranked 27th in homers last season.

Two areas in particular that have drawn malign are the height of the left-field wall (why not have it the same height as the center-field wall?) and the well in right field (where it says "Modell's"). It feels like changing those two things would make it a pretty average ballpark for hitters.

Well, changes could be on the horizon, and not-so-small changes at that.

“If we do something, it won’t be subtle,” general manager Sandy Alderson said (NYTimes.com Bats blog), noting that changes are not definite but the Mets are looking hard at several different options.

“We’re not looking necessarily to gain an advantage with respect to home runs versus visitor’s home runs,” Alderson said (NYTimes.com Bats blog). “But at the same time, I think there is some sense that the park is a little more overwhelming to a team that spends half its time there, as opposed to a team that comes in for three games, doesn’t really have to alter its approach or think about it too much and leaves.”

I tend to agree with him. All things equal, I'd much rather have my team playing in a league-average ballpark instead of an extreme-hitter or extreme-pitcher park. Not that it definitely determines the fate of your ballclub -- it doesn't -- but if either pitchers or hitters collectively believe they're getting screwed for 81 games, it's hard to keep a positive mentality for the whole season.

'Fan' is short for 'fanatic:' A Yankees fan had the task of serving Red Sox starting pitcher Erik Bedard with child support papers Tuesday and relished in it. He wore a Yankees shirt and bragged on Facebook that he intentionally served Bedard on a day of his start (Big League Stew). Bedard went out and gave up five hits and four runs (though only one was earned) in 2 2/3 innings. Let's hope this fan never accuses any player of lacking professionalism, or else we've got a nice case of hypocrisy working.

Lincecum endorses Kershaw: The NL Cy Young vote is going to be quite competitive, with Clayton Kershaw, Ian Kennedy and some Phillies likely garnering most of the votes. Two-time winner Tim Lincecum believes the winner should be Kershaw. “Just with the numbers he has, he’s leading in a lot of categories, to put up a 20-win season is huge, especially with the team he’s got. He’s done a magnificent job with his year," Lincecum said after losing to Kershaw again (Extra Baggs). The two aces have squared off four times. Lincecum has a 1.24 ERA in those outings, but Kershaw has won all four.

Harwell's glasses are back: In Tuesday's Pepper, we passed along the story that a statue of late, great Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell had been stripped of its glasses. Well, the replacement set of frames is back at home (Detroit Free-Press). Let's hope these stay there for a while.

Aramis' swan song: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez was traded to the Cubs in July of 2003. He played on three playoff teams, in two All-Star games and solidified a position that hadn't been locked down since Ron Santo manned the hot corner. The Cubs have a $16 million option for 2012 on Ramirez and he has repeatedly said he wants to stay, but the feeling apparently isn't mutual. When asked if he believes this is his last run with the Cubs, he replied (Chicago Tribune): "Probably. There's a good chance. I'm a free agent and I don't know what's going to happen. But it looks like I'm going to hit the market."

Movie Night! "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was a huge hit in the 80s, and it includes a scene in Wrigley Field. It's only fitting that Wrigley's first "Movie Night" will be showing the Matthew Broderick film October 1 (Chicago Tribune). Bleacher seats are $10, while lawn seats are $25. That's steep for a movie that hit theaters in 1986, but would the novelty of sitting on Wrigley Field's playing surface be worth it? You make the call.

No ERA title for Cueto: Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was already suspected to be ruled out for the season, and now he's even admitting as much (MLB.com). With the Reds out of the race, this wouldn't normally matter, but Cueto had a shot at leading the league in ERA. His 2.31 mark currently trails only Kershaw (2.27). The problem is that Cueto has only thrown 156 innings. In order to qualify for an ERA crown, a pitcher must have thrown at least one inning for each game his team has played. So once the Reds play game 157, Cueto falls off the ERA standings.

Rockies love Tracy, kind of: Rockies manager Jim Tracy is signed through 2012 and his job is safe at least through the length of the contract. "Jim is signed through next year, and we'd love to have him be manager here for much longer than that. But I have gone into the last year of my contract here more than you could imagine," general manager Dan O'Dowd told The Denver Post. So that sounds good, right? Well, depends upon the point of view. He's not offering a contract extension, and you'll notice the comment about going into the last year of a contract. So it sounds like O'Dowd likes Tracy for now, but he's giving himself a chance to change his mind by the end of next year. And he has every right to do that.

Watch those Nats: If you relish in the failures of the Nationals, you better enjoy it while you can. I've preached all season that the proverbial corner would be turned soon, with a great young base of talent and lots of money available for free agents. Speaking of which, expect the Nats to be hot after All-Star starting pitcher C.J. Wilson -- who is a free agent after this season -- this coming offseason (MLB.com via Twitter).

Saito can't get healthy: Brewers reliever Takashi Saito has been excellent this season, sporting a 1.90 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Of course, he's only thrown 23 2/3 innings due to a series of injuries. Now he's dealing with a calf injury (MLB.com).

More roadblocks for McCourt: One of the ways embattled Dodgers owner Frank McCourt plans to get out of his financial mess is to sell the TV rights to Dodgers games for future seasons. Well, Fox holds the Dodgers' TV rights through 2013 and has a problem with McCourt trying to negotiate a deal immediately (LATimes.com).

Johan's progress: Mets' ace Johan Santana continues to work his surgically repaired shoulder back into shape. After throwing a three-inning simulated game Saturday, he's now slated for two instructional league games (Oct. 1 and Oct. 7). (ESPN New York)

Happy Anniversary: On this day 15 years ago, Vladimir Guerrero hit his first career home run (Hardball Times). He now has 449.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:32 am

Rangers pitcher says team isn't stealing signs

C.J. WilsonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Rangers starter C.J. Wilson thinks he knows why Red Sox starter Erik Bedard took so long to deliver his pitches in Monday's game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington -- because teams think the Rangers are stealing signs.

The Blue Jays garnered headlines after an ESPN report that they were stealing signs, but Wilson said he believes the Red Sox and other teams suspect Texas of doing the same because of their splits at home and on the road. At Rangers Ballpark, Texas entered Tuesday's game hitting .293 with 93 homers and a .262 average with 58 home runs on the road.

But Wilson told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that there's a much better explanation than sign-stealing, it's the division Texas plays in.

"When we're on the road, we're playing Anaheim, who has great pitching and it's a terrible hitters park; Oakland, great pitching, terrible hitters park; and Seattle, great pitching, terrible hitters park, so of course," Wilson said. "But the Fenway effect is just as strong as the Arlington effect. Their OPS at home is 70 points higher than it is on the road, so you can say the same thing. It's a park factor, it's not that we have a dude out there."

I don't know what makes me like Wilson more -- the fact that he looked up the Red Sox splits or the fact he used OPS as his measuring stick. Either way, it's a great point about the American League West, home of some of the game's best pitchers and worst hitters parks.

That said, using his methodology, the Fenway effect is good for difference of 74 points of OPS for the Red Sox, but 137 for the Rangers away from Texas.

Boston got to sample the advantages of hitting at Rangers Ballpark on Tuesday, scoring 11 runs on 14 hits against Colby Lewis and the Rangers in a 11-5 victory.

Still, Wilson stood by his team and said his hitters have told him they wouldn't want to know what was coming -- "I've talked to guys about it before because we always feel as pitchers that we're paranoid that somebody is looking at our signs and trying to figure out magical combinations to trick everybody," Wilson told Bradford. "Some of the hitters don't even want to know."

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Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:26 pm

On Deck: Playoff preview in Texas


By C. Trent Rosecrans

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Playoff preview: If the playoffs started now, the Red Sox and Rangers would play each other in the first round of the playoffs. Boston, a half-game behind the Yankees in the AL East, could move into a tie for first with the idle Yankees with a victory -- the loser of the division will likely face the Rangers in October. Left-hander Erik Bedard hasn't won as a member of the Red Sox yet, but has pitched well in his three starts, allowing no more than three earned runs in any of the three and allowing just one earned run in six innings in a loss to the Rays last week. Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson is 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 16 appearances (four starts) against the Red Sox in his career. Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET

Justin VerlanderC.J. WilsonPremier matchup: The Tigers' Justin Verlander has a chance to exceed his 2010 win total before September as he goes for No. 19 on Monday. Last year he won 18 games and he matched that with a victory over the Twins on Tuesday. Verlander has won six consecutive starts sincee his last defeat, July 15 against the White Sox. Detroit enters the game with its largest lead of the season in the AL Central at 4 1/2 games over the Indians. While Verlander hasn't lost since last month, Rays starter Jeff Niemann hasn't lost since May 4, going 7-0 with a 2.15 ERA in his last 10 starts and 4-0  with a 1.81 ERA in six starts since the All-Star Break. Tigers at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET

Snakes slide: The Diamondbacks have lost five games in a row, but still lead the NL West by one-and-a-half games over the San Francisco Giants. Arizona's slide comes while the Giants are struggling as well, going 4-6 in their last 10 and 7-13 in their last 20 and have serious injury concerns. Arizona is six games into a 10-game road trip, winning just one. Left-hander Joe Saunders beat Washington on June 4, throwing seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in three career starts against the Nations. Washington's Ross Detwiller has only faced the Diamondbacks once, allowing seven runs (four earned) and nine hits in just four-plus innings last August. Diamondbacks at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:28 pm

On Deck: Kipnis' streak, Bedard's debut


By Matt Snyder

Ten teams get Thursday off while there were two day games, so we're looking at an eight-game slate Thursday night. Remember you can keep up with all the action on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard.

Power surge/BoSox debut: This just in: Indians' rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis is pretty good. He has only been in the bigs for 10 games, but he's now homered in four straight. He's the first player in major league history to go deep four times within his first two weeks of being promoted  and is also the first second baseman in Indians' history to do so (Cleveland Plain-Dealer). He'll put that streak on the line Thursday night against the Red Sox, who will send Erik Bedard (4-7, 3.45) to the mound for his Red Sox debut. This is a pretty big game for both teams, as the Red Sox have a one-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East, while the Indians have fallen to four games back in the AL Central they once owned. They've lost 10 of 13. Justin Masterson (8-7, 2.56) will attempt to turn the tide for the Tribe. Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. ET.

Honeymoon over? The Pirates have been one of the big stories of the 2011 baseball season, as they were buyers at the trade deadline instead of sellers for the first time in ages. After having lost six straight, however, the Pirates have fallen below .500 for the first time in over six weeks. They're now six games out in the NL Central as the Brewers have really started to fire on all cylinders. Worse yet, the Brewers are in danger of being swept in four games by the Cubs, who came to Pittsburgh with a 42-65 record. James McDonald (7-5, 4.17) will try to get the Pirates off the schneid, while Rodrigo Lopez (2-3, 4.40) starts for the Cubs. Cubs at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET.

Rematch: The two teams that faced off last October in the NLCS open a four-game series Thursday night in San Francisco. Both are currently in first place again in their respective divisions, though the Phillies are much more a postseason lock at this point. They have an eight-game lead in the NL East and the best record in baseball. The Giants, meanwhile, are clinging to a one-game lead in the NL West over upstart Arizona. Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14) -- who saw the Giants in the World Series last year as a member of the Rangers -- gets the nod for the Phillies. Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.80) is looking to rebound from a bad last start for the Giants, but the last time he saw the Phillies he threw two scoreless innings in relief as the Giants clinched the National League pennant in Game 6 of the NLCS. Phillies at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:50 pm

Red Sox get Bedard in 3-team deal

By Danny Knobler

A day after their trade for Rich Harden fell through over reported concerns about his health, the Red Sox traded for another oft-injured pitcher, acquiring left-hander Erik Bedard from the Mariners in a three-team trade that also included the Dodgers, sources confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The deal was completed just before the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline.

The Red Sox traded Double-A catcher Tim Federowicz and pitchers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez to the Dodgers, who then sent outfielder Trayvon Robinson to the Mariners. Bedard and minor-league reliever Josh Fields go to the Red Sox, who will also send Chih-Hsien Chiang to Seattle.

Bedard didn't make it out of the second inning in a horrible showcase start Friday night, when he came off the disabled list to pitch against the Rays. But the Red Sox obviously came out of that game convinced that Bedard was healthy, and with Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez unavailable, and with Harden deal having collapsed, the Red Sox took a chance.

The Red Sox had been looking for rotation depth, especially with Clay Buchholz in California to see a back specialist early this week. All five pitchers who began the year in the Red Sox rotation have missed at least one start with a health issue, and Daisuke Matsuzaka is out for the year after Tommy John surgery.

Scouts who saw Bedard before he went on the DL said he was pitching like he did in his prime, when he was a 15-game winner with the Orioles in 2006. The Mariners acquired him from Baltimore in February 2008, in a deal that cost Seattle a package that included center fielder Adam Jones.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:48 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 7:54 pm

Five teams talking Dodgers' Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda

By Scott Miller

Five clubs continue to engage the Dodgers in talks for right-hander Hiroki Kuroda in trade discussions that probably present the biggest wild card between now and Sunday's non-waiver trade deadline.

The YankeesRed SoxRangersIndians and Tigers all continue to push the Kuroda talks as the weekend nears, sources with knowledge of the discussions tell CBSSports.com.

As they do, there is still no indication as to whether Kuroda will waive his blanket no-trade clause. One source close to Kuroda says he continues to "seem apprehensive" about doing so, which is where the wild-card part of it comes in this weekend.

Several industry sources believe Kuroda will only accept a deal to the Yankees or Red Sox, but that has not stopped the Tigers, Rangers and Indians from positioning themselves to attempt to swing a deal.

As colleague Danny Knobler wrote Thursday, in a summer in which no clear ace is available at the July 31 deadline -- unlike, say, Cliff Lee last year or CC Sabathia in '08 -- the handful of mediocre starters has only muddled the trade market picture.

The Tigers have been tied to every pitcher this side of Walter "Big Train" Johnson, and the Red Sox and Yankees are expected to have a scout in Seattle on Friday night when Erik Bedard makes his long-awaited exit from another disabled list trip to start for the Mariners.

Jeff NiemannJeremy GuthrieJason MarquisAaron Harang?

You can see why Kuroda, who is just 34-43 with a 3.50 ERA in four big league seasons, is being hawked like a field mouse as contenders scramble to pick up any scrap of starting pitching they can.

Because of the glut of mediocrity combined with the high prices being asked, guys like Kuroda, Bedard, Harang and Co. probably will be last minute deals on Saturday or Sunday.

But one thing to remember about Kuroda: Because of his no-trade clause and the fact that he appears reluctant to leave Los Angeles, this one will take longer than others to put together. The process will involve the Dodgers putting a deal together (if they decide to pull the trigger), then taking it to Kuroda, then Kuroda taking time to decide on the no-trade clause.

In other words, this process for the Dodgers is going to have to begin with more lead time than, say, an hour before Sunday's 4 p.m. EDT deadline.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:35 pm

On Deck: 2 hitting streaks on the line


By C. Trent Rosecrans

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Emilio BonifacioHitting streak, Part 1:
Emilio Bonifacio heads into tonight's game in Atlanta with a  26-game hitting streak, four games shy of the longest of the season, set by Andre Ethier. Bonifacio is hitting .390/.479/.430 during the streak and not only has 39 hits, but also 17 walks. He was hitting .259 when the streak started and is now hitting .299. Bonifacio has never faced Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy (3-2, 3.58 ERA). Right-hander Clay Hensley (1-2, 2.88) starts for the Marlins. Marlins at Braves, 7:35 p.m. ET

Dustin PedroiaHitting streak, Part 2: Dustin Pedroia an eighth-inning homer to extended his streak in a loss to the Royals on Thursday and has nine homers during his 25-game hitting streak. He's hitting .404/.459//752 during the streak with 19 of his 44 hits going for extra bases. He's walked 12 times and struck out just seven times. Pedroia is 5 for 18 (.278) in his career against White Sox starter Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.11). Boston starter Tim Wakefield is going for his 200th career victory on Friday. He's 2-1 over his last five starts despite a 7.06 ERA. Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. ET

Erik BedardLast start in Seattle?: It won't just be Rays fans and Mariners fans watching Friday's game at Safeco Field closely, scouts and front-office folks will certainly be tuning in or showing up to see how Seattle left-hander Erik Bedard pitches. The 32-year-old left-hander is making what is probably his last start as a Mariner, but tonight's start could determine how much Jack Zduriencik gets in return for Bedard. He missed his last four starts with a sprained left knee. Bedard is 4-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 starts this season, including 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA in his last 11 starts. Boston is said to be the most interested in Bedard, along with the Yankees and Tigers. Rays at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET

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