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.

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox -- who came away with the top starting pitcher (David Price) and top reliever (Craig Kimbrel) last offseason -- apparently have done it again.

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Sox have acquired White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale for four prospects. Two have been identified (infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Michael Kopech) and two are as-yet unnamed:

More to come . . . 

Report: 1B Moreland 'could be on the cusp' of signing with Sox

Report: 1B Moreland 'could be on the cusp' of signing with Sox

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, free agent first-baseman Mitch Moreland “could be on the cusp of signing with the Boston Red Sox.”

Wilson writes that the Indians are also remain in the mix, but that a source indicated that the Red Sox were the “clear front-runner.”

The 31-year-old Moreland would add a left-handed bat to the Red Sox’ lineup following the retirement of David Ortiz. It would also give the Sox a body at first base after the team traded first baseman/third baseman Travis Shaw Tuesday. 

Last season, Moreland hit .233/.298/.422 with 22 homers and 60 RBI for the Rangers last season, also winning a Gold Glove at first base. He has a career batting average of .254 and posted a career-high 23 homers in the 2013 and 2015 seasons.