Report: Red Sox’s Bedard served papers

Hours before taking the mound for the reeling Boston Red Sox against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night, pitcher Erik Bedard was served with papers in a child support case, the New York Post reported.

Bedard was served with papers from Massachusetts Probate and Family Court at Fenway Park at 3 p.m. ET.

The papers were served by lifelong Yankees fan Tom Cabral, who was acting on behalf of Bedard’s ex-girlfriend Courtney Roberts.

"The Red Sox were very cooperative," Cabral said. "They asked me if I could serve these [Wednesday] because he was starting tonight. My position was, my client wants it served today, and that’s what I have to do."

Cabral did not bother to hide the fact he is a Yankees fan. In fact, he proudly wore a Yankees shirt while he served Bedard the papers.

"When I walked in I was like, ‘I’m a Yankees fan, but I’m not trying to [give you a hard time],’" Cabral said.

"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."

Bedard being served is the latest headache for Boston. The Red Sox are 5-15 in September, and have watched their lead over Tampa Bay in the American League Wild Card race shrink to two games.

Bedard and Roberts initially came to an agreement in December 2006, as Bedard was coming off a season when he made $1.4 million for the Orioles. Since then, however, Roberts said although Bedard has been paying child support, she has been trying, unsuccessfully, to have the amount raised as his salary has increased.

In the years since the agreement, Bedard’s salary rose to a high of $7.75 million in 2009, before he signed a pair of one-year deals, for $1.5 million and $1 million respectively, each of the past two seasons with the Mariners.

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