We're headed into the home stretch here, people, which means this is one of Daniel Bard's last chances to win some support both from the fans and from Bobby Valentine.
Interestingly, Bard will be facing the Blue Jays for the second straight time today, perhaps offering the chance to see some development. Last time out, Bard was touched for three runs early in his outing before pulling things together late, finishing on a good run and still hitting the mid-90s with plenty of pitches on his arm.
Still, that didn't stop the rumors that Bobby V wasn't in love with the outing, or the idea of Bard as a starter, so a good outing here (preferably with plenty of changeup action) would be quite the boon.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Mike Aviles - SS||Kelly Johnson - 2B|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Yunel Escobar - SS|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Darnell McDonald - LF||Adam Lind - 1B|
|Ryan Lavarnway - DH||Edwin Encarnacion - DH|
|Josh Kroeger - RF||Brett Lawrie - 3B|
|Kelly Shoppach - C||Eric Thames - LF|
|Nate Spears - 3B||Colby Rasmus - CF|
|Jonathan Hee - 2B||Jeff Mathis - C|
|SP -- Daniel Bard||SP -- Aaron Laffey|
The game is on NESN and WEEI today.