Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/8/12

Daniel Bard could be out of the Boston Red Sox's starting rotation before he makes his first start.

After watching closer Alfredo Aceves blow his second save and set-up man Mark Melancon serve up a game-winning home run Sunday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said changes could be coming.

Would former set-up man Bard moving to closer be one of them? "Might be," Valentine said Sunday.

The Red Sox fell to 0-3 Sunday after Aceves surrendered a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth and Melancon was tagged for a two-run shot in the 11th in a 13-12 defeat.

Bard, who was the set-up man for longtime closer Jonathan Papelbon, was told in the offseason to prepare as a starter.

The 26-year-old righthander, whose fastball regularly reaches the high-nineties, has blown 15 of 20 saves opportunities in his career.

He held opposing hitters to a .179 batting average last season and was having a sensational year until blowing three saves in a two-week period in September - part of Boston's collapse that caused the team to miss the playoffs.

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