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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.

Rockies acquire Pat Neshek from Phillies

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Rockies acquire Pat Neshek from Phillies

ST. LOUIS - The Colorado Rockies have obtained right-hander Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies for three minor league players on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Neshek is 3-2 with a 1.12 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Phillies. A two-time All-Star, Neshek has played parts of 11 seasons with six teams.

"He's having a good year," Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado said. "He's a veteran. He'll be a great addition to our bullpen."

Neshek is looking forward to his environs.

"It's exciting, jump right into a playoff race," Neshek said. "It's a great team with a great offense."

Colorado gave up right-handed pitchers J.D. Hammer and Alejandro Requena and infielder Jose Gomez.

Requena, a mid-season All-Star with Class-A Asheville, is 8-3 with 2.85 ERA in 10 games this season.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Dustin Pedroia applauded David Price altercation

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Dustin Pedroia applauded David Price altercation

0:41 - Dustin Pedroia was reportedly one of the players that applauded David Price for his altercation with Dennis Eckersley on the team plane. Curran, Holley, Giles, and Smith give their reactions to the report. 

5:11 - Tom Curran and Tom Giles talk about Bill Belichick and how he has actually improved as a coach and GM in the past few years compared to his earlier seasons with the Patriots. 

10:36 - Kyle Draper joins BST with Curran, Holley, and Smith to discuss Isaiah Thomas not getting surgery on his injured hip, if that is the best option for him, and how it could affect the Celtics.

15:38 - Evan Drellich joins to talk about the Red Sox trading for Eduardo Nunez, his early impressions of Rafael Devers, and how they will handle playing time for both players at third base.