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Full speed ahead for Bard

Red Sox fastball stud working on a smooth transition from setup man to starter

Updated: February 22, 2012, 9:48 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There's nothing sexy about pitching in the eighth inning of a major league baseball game.

Sure, the setup role is an important one and Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard has been automatic for much of his big league career as that eighth-inning guy. The right-hander has electric stuff. His mound presence appears tame, but his pitches can devastate an opposing hitter.

For the past three seasons he's successfully served in that role, setting up closer Jonathan ...

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