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.

Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

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Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

Neither set-up man the Red Sox traded for under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith, is throwing off a mound presently.

Smith, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, felt soreness after throwing a bullpen session and is back to doing long toss. 

"He’s had to slow down," Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. "Once he got on the mound with some aggression and good intensity, was throwing the ball well. And as a result there’s been some soreness that has kind of reared its head. So have had to back him off, back into long toss, he’s thrown out to about 110 feet here today. We’re hopeful that in the very near future that mound progression resumes.

"The unique thing about Tommy John recovery is that every situation is going to be different. In this case, we’ve had to take a step back a little bit and get back to flat ground."

Smith is in Boston as part of a previously scheduled meet-up with the team, Farrell said. When the season began, Smith was rehabbing in Florida. He was put on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, a formality that opened up a 40-man roster spot for new acquisition Chase d'Arnaud.

Smith was put on the disabled list on April 3, so he can return June 2 at the earliest, but may now need more time.

Thornburg (right shoulder impingement) is building up his long-toss distance.

In other injury news, Brock Holt (vertigo) may begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday or Saturday, Farrell said.

Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia back, Sale vs. Tanaka in matchup of aces

Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia back, Sale vs. Tanaka in matchup of aces

Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup after missing three games with a knee and ankle injury following Manny Machado’s hard slide into him at second base in Baltimore.

Pedroia is batting leadoff against the Yankees' Masahrio Tanaka (2-1, 6.00 ERA). The Red Sox counter with their ace, lefty Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91).

The full lineups:

YANKEES
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Aaron Hicks LF
Chase Headley 3B    
Matt Holliday DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Chris Carter 1B
Austin Romine C
Ronald Torreyes SS

Masahiro Tanaka RHP

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B

Chris Sale LHP