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Bard's decline: What happened?

Breaking down Red Sox reliever's velocity woes and failed transition to starter

Updated: June 8, 2012, 8:47 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

It all made sense on paper. The best pitchers should throw the most innings. There's no doubt that Daniel Bard was one of Boston's best pitchers in recent seasons. He wanted to be in the rotation, and the Red Sox had a slot to fill.

Except it's never that simple.

Bard's transition to starting pitcher has taken him from a relief ace to the minor leagues.

On Tuesday, the Red Sox demoted Bard to Pawtucket, where he will continue to work as a starter. For now.

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