NEWS
09/21/2011 08:55 EDT | Updated 11/21/2011 05:12 EST

Erik Bedard says being served with legal papers wasn't a distraction

BOSTON - Erik Bedard says legal papers given him by a process server wearing a Yankees shirt before a poor outing weren't a distraction.

The Boston left-hander allowed four runs in 2 2-3 innings in Baltimore's 7-5 win on Tuesday night. Bedard pitched after being served with papers seeking increased child support.

"If you play a sport you have to put all that stuff aside," the Ottawa native said after the game. "If you let outside distractions get to you, you can't focus out there."

The papers were served by Tom Cabral, a fan of the New York Yankees, according to the New York Post. Cabral said he wasn't trying to rattle Bedard and was told by the pitcher, "It was no problem."

"I handed him the copies of all the documents and he signed them," the Post reported.