Found March 01, 2012 on NESN.com:
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox are gradually stretching Daniel Bard into the starting role. Bard took that first step on Thursday, pitching the second inning of the team's "B" game against the Twins in relief of Alfredo Aceves at Hammond Stadium. Bard surrendered two hits and one run while fanning one batter in his one inning of work. "It's good to get the first one out of the way, get those nerves with the hitters in the box," Bard said. "I felt like I make some good pitches, tried some things I probably wouldn't try in a normal...
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