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Preaching patience with Daniel Bard

Sox need him to figure out how to succeed as starter, even if it means demotion

Updated: June 4, 2012, 4:04 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Let's take the hysteria out of the Daniel Bard conversation, if we can.

First, let's establish what Bard now has in common with such notable starters as John Smoltz, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood, Jim Abbott, Kenny Rogers, Mike Scott, Don Larsen and Bob Feller.

That's right. They all had games in which they walked six or more batters in two innings or less. Bard on Sunday was just the latest to do something that has been done 103 times in ...

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