Saturday July 30, 2011 | 09:59 AM

With scouts watching, Seattle lefty Erik Bedard could not get out of the second inning: 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 BB. Seems like he may not be a hot commodity as the trade deadline looms.

But the Red Sox still might want him and, after Friday's performance, the Mariners' asking price has likely come down.

Pitchers coming off the DL often struggle in their first game back. Maybe Bedard has shaken off the rust?

The Red Sox, Yankees and Angels lost. The Rays won (over Bedard and the Mariners). The standings: 

AL East
Boston 64-40
New York 61-42 (2.5 back)
Tampa Bay 55-50 (9.5)

Wild Card
New York 61-42
Angels 58-49 (5 back)

The Ryan Lavarnway watch produced little (0-for-4, still batting .352), while fellow Pawtucket catcher Luis Exposito (.235) went 2-for-4 as the DH.

In Portland, the Red Sox unveiled a new knuckleball pitcher in the system - 27-year-old veteran Charlie Haeger. He was backed by plenty of offense, led by Mark Wagner, Will Middlebrooks and Chih-Hsien Chiang. See the Press Herald story.

Former Sea Dogs pitcher Stolmy Pimentel is trying to get his form back in Salem. Friday was a positive step: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K).

Greenville outfielder Felix Sanchez had two more stolen bases (now with 42) ... second baseman Sean Coyle was 2-for-4 with his 11th home run.

Coyle, 19, is one of the bonus babies from the 2010 draft ($1.3-million) and is being pushed in his first full pro season to Class A. He's been up and down, but he's on fire in his last 10 games: .389 with four home runs.



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