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By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â Hereâs what Daniel Bard had to say following his one-inning outing for the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night:
Bardâs general reaction to the three runs he allowed on 25 pitches, 16 for strikes:
âThe best thing about throwing down here (in the minors) is that you can kind of throw out the results and not worry about wins and losses too much. Iâm trying some tweaks mechanically and I think they were really good on some pitches and thatâs what I was looking for, to get some feel.
âI didnât expect to be perfect on every pitch, but now we go from here.â
Whether he came away encouraged or discouraged:
âItâs hard to say. I donât want to dig too deep into it, but itâs hard to take something away from one inning other than how you felt.â
Thoughts on his velocity, which topped at 96 miles per hour and generally resided in the 93-94 mph range:
âI think what weâre trying to do is get some of that power back and direction. They really go hand and hand âŠ using my lower body and getting everything moving toward the target area. I think the command and velocity will come together.â
On throwing just one inning:
âIt was a tough situation and such a weird outing. You prepare as a starter and know youâre going one inning. You try and block that out and attack every hitter like itâs your last, but itâs little bit of a weird mentality.â
On what lies ahead come his next outing on Monday night:
âI think I might go two innings. Iâve told (Red Sox officials) that I can do this out of the bullpen, but they want me to keep starting and keep that routine in place. Weâll talk more (on Saturday).
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler on Bard:
âHe was one pitch away from getting out of the inning [Bard allowed a two-out, two-strike, two-run double to the Indiansâ Jeff Larish]. Heâll be fine. He just needs to throw and get some confidence back.â