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Friday, August 30, 2013
Bard wants to keep pitching this season

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- Daniel Bard is determined not to shut it down for the season, manager John Farrell said Friday after speaking with the struggling reliever.

Farrell said Bard told him he’d like to pitch at least a couple of more times, even after a disastrous outing Thursday in the season finale in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, in which he walked five batters in two-thirds of an inning and wild-pitched home two runs.

"He wants a couple of more appearances and we can provide those to him, give him an opportunity and see where it might go," Farrell said. "The potential of that being in Lowell is a real potential. Daniel has not closed the book on this season, I think that’s the first and foremost thing."

-- Mike Carp, who was scratched from an infrequent start Thursday, reported his shoulder felt "great" Friday before batting practice, but with a lefty (Hector Santiago) going for the White Sox, he was back on the bench. Mike Napoli played first and Jonny Gomes was in left.

-- Jake Peavy, who will be facing his former White Sox teammates Saturday, told a cluster of mostly Chicago-area reporters that he never wanted to leave Chicago and loved his time there.

"That being said," he continued, "I couldn’t be any more excited being right here, right now. I couldn’t walk into a better situation with a better bunch of guys who are a lot like me, on and off the field."

Peavy joked he was concerned that White Sox strongman Adam Dunn will come to the plate batting right-handed instead of left-handed.