Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 2/22/13
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Matthew West / Boston Herald Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Daniel Bard took to the mound in the season's first spring training game. Did he walk six guys? Did he take out a poor Northeastern player's knee cap with a rouge fastball? Not quite. ...all eyes focused on Bard again yesterday when he pitched the second inning of an exhibition against Northeastern University at JetBlue Park. “I feel like I have something to prove,” Bard said. “I think that’s a good thing.” In that case, this was a positive first step, at least to whatever degree such a conclusion may be drawn from an 18-pitch outing against college kids. Bard gave up a jam-shot single to Huskies center fielder Connor Lyons, then struck out the side, mixing in several sliders with his fastball and throwing 13 strikes, including five swings-and-misses. “I’m satisfied,” Bard said. “Not perfect, obviously, but it’s a huge step in the right direction.” After last season, there’s really only one direction for Bard to go. Herald: All eyes on reliever We all know sending Bard to the rotation was a collosal mistake last year. The funny part is, the majority of media and fans were concerned about the move right from the start. Sure, yesterday was against a bunch of college guys. But, this is still a major step forward for Bard. He gave up a cheap single, then recovered and struck out the side. More importantly, he threw 13 of 18 pitches for strikes and commanded his slider effectively.  I also find it interesting that new C David Ross was behind the plate. Ross is renouned for guiding pitchers and calling an effective game, so lets keep an eye on the Ross/Bard relationship throughout spring training. He will certainly be a project this year. But Farrell, who served as Bard's pitching coach in his rookie year in 2009, is the guy to turn him around. Rest of the links- Globe: Former BC captain Frates ever courageous | Herald: Offering up a few trades | Herald: John Lackey: Juices flow for elbow test | CSSNE.com: The closer opens for the Red Sox |
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