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Erik Bedard knocked around in audition for possible trade

Jul 30, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

Erik Bedard AP

We learned earlier this week that the Red Sox and Yankees were expected to have scouts in attendance for Erik Bedard‘s first start back from the disabled list last night against the Rays. Well, let’s just say he didn’t help his trade value at all.

Bedard, who missed a month with a sprained left knee, was smoked for five runs over just 1 1/3 innings as part of an 8-0 loss. The southpaw threw just 28 out of 57 pitches for strikes while walking four and striking out two. He hadn’t allowed more than three runs in 12 consecutive outings prior to going on the disabled list, so we can probably chalk this up to rust. Still, pretty bad timing.

Alex Speier of reports that the Mariners appeared to be waiting until after Friday’s start to advance talks with interested teams. While Friday’s results could very well hurt their negotiating position, it doesn’t necessarily mean that teams will drop out of the bidding. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported early this morning that the Red Sox are still discussing a deal with Dodgers for Hiroki Kuroda, so they are busy evaluating the alternatives.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of reports that Boston’s interest in Hiroki Kuroda increased following Bedard’s shaky start last night.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    He was wild. Very, very wild. He didn’t really get knocked around, he just couldn’t find the plate. He got through the first despite a walk then a hit by Zobrist, but the second inning was a disaster. After a leadoff hit by Kotchmann, he struckout Kelly Shoppach, then it fell apart. Joyce walked, Rodriguez walked, loading the bases for rookie phenom Desmond Jennings. Jennings fouled off a few, before taking a full count walk, scoring Kotchmann. Damon then hit one up the middle scoring 2. Bedard’s day was done thanks to 3 consecutive walks, then a single. After his replacement balked, Longoria grounded out which scored Jennings. Zobrist then closed the book on Bedard with a 2 run homer, scoring Damon for Bedard’s 5th ER.

    4 walks and 3 hits in 1.1 innings. I thought they pulled him a little early, as 2 of Jennings balls were borderline strikes.

    Niemann was very impressive for the Rays, never finding himself in trouble. He struck out 11 in 6.2 shutout innings, taking a 1 hitter into the 6th. He’s healthy and pitching great. His trade stock should be skyrocketing if the Rays choose to move him. Jennings was impressive again, although the box score says otherwise. He went 0 for 3, but walked with the bases loaded. Sean Rodriguez led off the 3rd with a double, and the right handed hitting Jennings moved him to third with an unselfish groundout to first. The groundout, along with the full count walk to start the scoring, indicates he has matured in the minors much more than one should expect of a rookie. He should be fun to watch for a while.

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