The Boston Red Sox are moving Daniel Bard to the bullpen - temporarily, at least.
With rain washing out Bard's scheduled start against the New York Yankees on Sunday night, manager Bobby Valentine said Bard will skip his turn in the rotation and be available in relief. But when the Red Sox need a fifth starter, it will be Bard.
''As the plan is now, he's our fifth starter,'' Valentine told reporters Sunday after the postponement.
A day after the Yankees overcame a nine-run deficit with back-to-back seven-run innings to beat Boston 15-9, the finale of their three-game series was postponed by rain. The Red Sox called the game about five hours before the scheduled 8:05 p.m. first pitch - no doubt because of rain that was falling all day and expected to continue through the night.
But it didn't hurt that the Red Sox could use the day off.
''It's been a tough week. If I had to rate them all, this is one of the toughest,'' Valentine said Sunday. ''When you're 4-10, it's not easy to s...