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04/11/2012 - 7:31am
Bard: 'I wouldn't change the way I threw'

TORONTO -- Daniel Bard said following his first major league start that while he was disappointed with the final outcome, he believed the five-inning stint was a step in the right direction in his progression as a starter.

Facing the Blue Jays Tuesday at Rogers Centre, Bard ended up giving up five runs over the five innings, striking out six, walking one and throwing 96 pitches. He left in the sixth inning with his Red Sox trailing 3-1 and runners on first and third with nobody out.

"I feel I threw the ball better tonight than I did all spring, by far," Bard said. "My command was better.Everything. Just they hit it where we weren't. That's how the old saying goes – hit em where they ain't. That's what they did. So just kind of try to focus on how it felt and how the ball was coming out of my hand, which I felt was really good, and try to ignore the bad results."

Bard topped out at 98 mph and threw six changeups. He...

04/11/2012 - 6:22am
McDonald, Shoppach get starts vs. Romero

TORONTO -- Ryan Sweeney will get his first day off of the young season, with Darnell McDonald getting the start against Toronto starter Ricky Romero Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre. In 16 at-bats against Romero, McDonald is hitting .357 with a .438 on-base percentage.

Kelly Shoppach also gets his second start despite not having a hit in 13 at-bats against Romero, having struck out five times. Here is the lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Darnell McDonald RF

Cody Ross LF

Mike Aviles SS

Kelly Shoppach C

Jon Lester P

For all the matchups, click here.

For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/10/2012 - 11:53pm
Crawford gets elbow checked in Boston

TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said after his team's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Tuesday night that Carl Crawford had flown from Fort Myers, Fla. to Boston to get his left elbow checked. Valentine said the examination was just precautionary.

"Just a little more soreness in his elbow," he said. "Will not keep him form having his at-bats on schedule."

Crawford continues to rehab from a surgically-repaired left wrist, and is thought be close to getting some at-bats at the JetBlue Park complex. Valentine said today the the team is still not ready to announce any sort of timetable regarding when the outfielder might be playing in games.

"Whenever he was supposed to play in a game, I think he'll play in a game. Probably at DH," the manager said. "That's probably just from what I've heard here. He probably won't throw for a week or so."

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04/10/2012 - 10:28pm
Blue Jays ruin Bard's starting debut

Daniel Bard went five-plus innings and yielded eight hits and five runs in a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays Tuesday night in Toronto.

Bard, making his first start of his major league career, allowed one run in the first, two in the third and two more in the sixth (both of which scored after Bard departed in favor of reliever Justin Thomas) on the way to the loss, the fourth in the last five games for the Red Sox.

Dustin Pedroia (three hits), Adrian Gonzalez (one double, three RBI) and Kevin Youkilis (two hits) led the Boston offense.

For what went right and went wrong, see Closing Time by clicking here.

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04/10/2012 - 9:43pm
Lights out: Sharpshooting C's burn Heat

The Celtics shot a remarkable 61 percent from the floor, as Paul Pierce poured in 27 and Kevin Garnett added 24 to lead Boston past Miami, 115-107, Tuesday night in South Florida. Lebron James had a game-high 36 for the Heat, who fell to 40-16. 

Rajon Rondo added 18 points and 15 assists, giving the Celtics point guard double digits in assists for the 18th straight game, the longest streak in the NBA since John Stockton had 29 straight in 1992. The Celtics won their third straight to improve 33-24 and are 18-7 in the NBA since the All Star break, the third-best mark in the league. 

After handing the Heat their worst loss of the season, 91-72, in Boston on April 1, the Celtics came out determined to go one step further Tuesday, blowing out LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company on their home court. After falling behind 9-3, the Celtics scored the next 10 points and outscored the Heat, 30-13, to take a 33-22 lead after one quarter. ...

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