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Daniel Bard expects to start Friday

Updated: April 24, 2012, 3:17 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the Boston Red Sox, it was a godsend.

For Daniel Bard's personal ambitions, it might well have been a kiss of death -- if not this week, soon enough.

After he restored order to the Red Sox's universe Monday night as a reliever, shutting down the Minnesota Twins in the eighth inning with the potential go-ahead run 90 feet away, Bard did wonders for the spirits of a team reeling from a series of bullpen implosions, the worst coming Saturday when Sox relievers ...

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