Erik Bedard may have been rattled last night

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Ever been served with legal papers? It’s not fun. Kind of throws you off your game for a while. Erik Bedard didn’t have a great game last night against the Orioles.  I wonder if this had anything to do with it:

Hours before taking the mound for the reeling Red Sox against the Orioles Tuesday night at Fenway Park, pitcher Erik Bedard was served with papers in a child support case, The Post has learned. Bedard was served with papers from Massachusetts Probate and Family Court at Fenway Park at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

OK, fine, so he started out well enough and it’s highly probably that Josh Reddick’s error on the Vlad Guerrero liner that led to Bedard’s 51-pitch third inning was every bit as rattling as the legal documents. But I’m sure they didn’t help.

Giants making Brandon Belt available

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.

Which is kind of weird, really.

Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.

Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.

But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.