Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/30/12
FORT MYERS, Fla. –– The pressure was on Daniel Bard to perform. Heading into Friday's outing –– Bard’s last start of the spring –– the right-hander was intent on making his final case for the Red Sox' rotation. For the first five innings, Bard accomplished just that to the tee, allowing one run with seven strikeouts. Although he surrendered two runs in the sixth inning of the 9-7 win, Bard was satisfied with his performance. Now, the coaching staff will decide between Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubront and Aaron Cook to fill the backend of the rotation. In the midst...

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