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Daniel Bard to bullpen temporarily

Updated: April 23, 2012, 9:36 AM ET
By Steven Krasner | ESPNBoston.com

Boston manager Bobby Valentine told reporters Sunday that Daniel Bard will be taken out of the starting rotation and will be pitching out of the Red Sox's beleaguered bullpen, for the time being, at least.

There were logistical and performance-driven reasons for Valentine's decision, which was announced after the Red Sox's ESPN Sunday Night game against the New York Yankees was rained out at Fenway Park.

First, Bard lost his scheduled start Sunday night to Mother Nature. So ...

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