Bard to pitch out of pen for PawSox Monday night

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Bard to pitch out of pen for PawSox Monday night

PAWTUCKET, R.I. Daniel Bard was originally scheduled to start Monday night against the Gwinnett Braves. It was to be his second start for Triple-A Pawtucket since being sent down on June 7. Instead, as CSNNE.com first reported earlier Monday, Bard is scheduled to pitch one inning out of the bullpen tonight, with right-hander Billy Buckner starting in his place.

Thats what they want to do, said PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler. Thats the plan. They just didnt want him starting. Nothing built into it. Just think hes a little more comfortable coming out of the pen, just to throw one or two innings. He doesnt want to start unless he throws multiple innings. I think thats the idea behind it. But nobodys really said anything.

Its difficult to see, though, how that plan helps Bard adjust to becoming a starting pitcher.

When Bard was sent down, he brought a 5-6 record with a 5.24 ERA with him. In his last outing June 3 in Toronto, he lasted just 1 23 innings, giving up five runs on one hits and six walks, with a home run, and two strikeouts. Facing 13 batters, he hit two of them. He threw 55 pitches, just 24 for strikes, an inadequate 44 percent strike rate. After the outing he was tied for the American League lead with eight hit batters.

In all, Bard has a 59 percent strike rate this season, below the desired two-thirds rate. By comparison, he had a 65 percent rate last season.

In his first outing with the PawSox, a start Friday against Indianapolis, he lasted just one inning, giving up three runs on two hits with two strikeouts, no walks, and two hit batters.

So, how does the sudden move back to the bullpen help him become a starter for the Sox?

It doesnt, physically or mentally, said one major league evaluator.

Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

Mike Felger grills Jared Carrabis on if he thinks the Boston Red Sox lead in the division will last the season and also why David Price has struggled so far this season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

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Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Yankees:

 

QUOTES

“I was talking to Chili Davis before he got to the mound, so I was trying to get a fastball.” - Christian Vazquez said on his game plan against Dellin Betances before he hit his go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh.

“He was still in good shape in terms of the number of pitches thrown. It didn’t seem like his stuff was backing up . . . I thought he was still strong . . . We knew what Alex had done in the previous couple of at-bats, but I just went out to check with him.” - John Farrell on his decision to leave David Price in the seventh to face Alex Rodriguez after he’d hit a home run and double in consecutive at-bats.

“I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy that [had] hit the ball well against me twice . . . For them to stick with me today I really appreciate it.” - Price on Farrell leaving him in against Rodriguez in the seventh.

“He’d started me off with first pitch breaking ball both times. I was having a hard time picking it up all day. So I thought, let’s see if he does it again – and he threw it again.” - Travis Shaw on his two-run home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning.

 

NOTES

* Of Travis Shaw’s 16 career home runs, seven have been on the first pitch. All three of his home runs against the Yankees have either tied the game or given Boston the lead.

* Both of Christian Vazquez’s career home runs have been two-run, tie-breaking shots at Fenway, with the other one coming in September of 2014.

* With his single to the left side in his second at-bat, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his hitting streak to eight games.

* Boston has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts. The 2016 group is only the second Red Sox team in the last 20 years to steal as many as 22 bases in the first 25 games (2013 being the other team).

* Nathan Eovaldi notched three strikeouts, snapping his 6+ strikeout streak at eight games. He was tied with Rick Porcello for the longest active streak.

 

STARS

1) Christian Vazquez

His second career home run gave Boston the lead and insurance it needed.

2) Travis Shaw

After striking out twice against New York’s starter, Travis Shaw hit a no-doubt two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

3) Alex Rodriguez

After missing out on an RBI opportunity in his first at-bat, the Yankees’ DH took advantage of two big mistakes by David Price, blasting a homer and a double, knocking in three runs in the process.