Bard seeking delivery he can repeat

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Bard seeking delivery he can repeat

Daniel Bard survived a rocky start Wednesday, only giving up five hits, but walking four and hitting one batter.
He walked away with the victory and some mixed feelings.
"It's really weird, man, they're not hitting the ball hard consistently off me. It's been like one home run in the past two games, a solo homer. Kinda just a struggle getting ahead in the count. My head's in a good place, you know, I feel confident out there, but I'm having trouble repeating the delivery at the same time. It's kinda... a little bit of the opposite of what I had a few outings before this where delivery was pretty much locked in and I just wasn't trusting the ball to the middle of the plate. That's where the walks came from. I feel like I'm in a good place, it's just a matter of finding that delivery that I can repeat consistently.
"I was out of the stretch so much in the first three or four innings, there was really no reason to start the innings out of the windup, cause obviously I was finding something at the end of those innings where I was able to repeat it a little better. So it was just something Valentine and McClure approached me with after the fourth inning... and they said, 'what do you think about just standing out of the stretch?' and I said, 'you know what, I'll try anything at this point' and I was able to repeat it a little bit better.
Bard improved his record to 4-5 with the win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Quotes, notes and stars: Location gets Buchholz in trouble

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Quotes, notes and stars: Location gets Buchholz in trouble

Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

 

QUOTES:

"When he's gotten in trouble, it's been a combination of location and pitches up in the strike zone. That was the case tonight. . . It's more general location than one pitch that he's getting burned on. '' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz's poor start.

"No disrespect to (Jace) Peterson, but you're wanting to force contact. He hasn't hit for a high average.'' - Farrell on Buchholz walking No. 7 hitter Peterson three times.

"When do you walk guys, you do your best to try to minimize the damage and I didn't do a good enough job of that.'' - Buchholz, who saw Peterson come around to score twice after his three walks.

"It's frustrating when you can't put your finger on what you need to do it, and when you need to do it and why. All I can do right now is learn from it and get better in these next couple of days.'' - Buchholz.

"I didn't hear anything. The play was right in front of me, so I couldn't see him say anything. I just assumed I was out.'' - Xander Bogaerts, who was ruled safe at second on a force play by umpire Joe West, but believing he was out, came off the bag and was tagged out in the first inning.

 

NOTES

* Clay Buchholz has allowed five earned runs in four of his five starts this season.

* Heath Hembree pitched multiple innings for the fourth time this season and remains unscored upon in them.

* Over the last eight games, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with nine extra-base hits.

* All three of Chris Young's hit off lefthanded pitchers this season have been doubles.

* Hanley Ramirez (three hits, two RBI) has driven in a run in each of his last four games and six of his last seven.

* The Sox have scored in the first inning in eight of the last nine games.

 

STARS:

1) Nick Markakis

The Braves right fielder had a four hit night and knocked in three runs.

2) Jhoulys Chacin

Atlanta's starter wasn't overpowering, but he limited the Sox to two runs over five-plus innings and earned the victory.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez broke out a bit at the plate with three hits, while knocking in the first two Red Sox runs.