Notes: Breslow makes rehab appearance; Bard called up

Notes: Breslow makes rehab appearance; Bard called up
April 23, 2013, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON – Left-hander Craig Breslow, on the disabled list since the start of the season because of shoulder tendinitis, made his first rehab appearance Tuesday night. Starting for Double-A Portland, he faced four batters, throwing 23 pitches, 12 for strikes, but could not record an out. Breslow gave up three runs on three hits and a walk.

“Craig pitched tonight in the same conditions up in Portland [40 degrees and overcast with a 9-mph wind off the ocean],” said manager John Farrell. “And it’s likely that he’ll get at least one more outing on Friday.”

Breslow said his shoulder felt good with no effects of the tendinitis.
 
“I felt pretty good,” he said. “The results could have been better but the fact that I was starting to think about evaluating myself from a baseball standard is probably a good thing for my health. But obviously if I’m not going to get anybody out, it’s not going to cut it.
 
“I don’t think I’m far away.”
 
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With Steven Wright being optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket immediately after Tuesday’s game, the Red Sox will bring up Daniel Bard from Portland to take his spot in the bullpen. In eight appearances for the Sea Dogs, spanning nine innings, he has given up five runs, four earned on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts, posting a record of 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA. But in his last three outings, spanning four innings, he has not allowed a run, with one hit, three walks, and a strikeout. The Portland Press Herald was first to report the move.

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Because of the poor conditions during the game (42 degrees at first pitch, a steady rain, and a 16-mph wind off the ocean), the Sox are allowing fans to redeem Tuesday’s ticket for a free ticket for the game on Wednesday or Thursday. Ticket stubs can be exchanged at Gate E starting two hours before either game.

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The 13-0 loss was the largest margin of defeat for the Sox since a 20-2 loss last Aug. 31 at Oakland. It was the Sox' largest loss at Fenway since falling 18-3 on April 17, 2012, to the Rangers. It was the Sox largest loss overall while being shutout since losing 13-0 at Tampa Bay on April 30, 2009.

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Steven Wright was the fourth player to make his major league debut for the Sox this season. Jackie Bradley, Alex Wilson, and Allen Webster also made their debuts. In 2012, the Sox had a total of three players debut.

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The eight runs Alfredo Aceves gave up snapped the Sox streak of 19 games in which the starting pitcher had not allowed more than four runs.

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Sox starting pitchers’ combined ERA rose from 2.62 to 3.07, giving up 41 earned runs over 120 1/3 innings.

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The game was called after seven innings because of inclement weather. All records and stats are official.