Found April 10, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
On Thursday night, Daniel Bard will make his debut as an MLB starter in Toronto. With the Red Sox bullpen in desperate need of help and Bard already a proven set-up man, he will need to be solid to prove he is valuable to the team as a starter. Otherwise, Bobby Valentine will face immense pressure to use the righty to solidify what looks like a shallow bullpen. Among many other reasons, Bard is hoping to prove his worth in Boston’s rotation so he can continue sleeping well at night. “Pitching the eighth inning of a game, you warm-up and you get that adrenaline flowing at 10:30 at night, it makes going to sleep a lot harder,” Bard said Monday according to the Boston Herald. “In that respect it’s been nice. I’ve just tried to use the rest to my advantage. It’s a lot less stressful.” Some of the reporters in attendance gave him a confused look, but the Red Sox new fifth starter wasn’t joking. “I’m dead serious,” he explained. “It’s just a physical thing. When you have adrenaline pumpi

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Quote of the Day

"Right now he's starting tomorrow for us. If he can do it, there's a great long term benefit." -Ben Cherington on Daniel Bard.

Red Sox manager Valentine hints at switching closers

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