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Red Sox Spring Training 2012: Daniel Bard Aims To Prove Self Against Blue Jays

The Red Sox will take on the Blue Jays Sunday afternoon at their home in Dunedin. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. EST with NESN and WEEI providing television and radio broadcasts respectively.

If you're paying attention to all the rumblings that come from the Red Sox' camp of late, you might get the feeling that Daniel Bard is in need of a good outing if he wants to guarantee his spot in the starting rotation when the Sox break camp. While his last performance--also coming against the Blue Jays--provided some encouraging signs in terms of pitch count and stamina, the results (three earned runs in five innings) were apparently not quite what Bobby Valentine was looking for. Bard will be hoping to provide better and show improvement as he once again takes the mound against Toronto.

The Jays will counter with Aaron Laffey, whose held the Sox to just two runs in his five innings of work on March 20.

Red Sox (10-9)

  1. Mike Aviles, SS
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
  4. Darnell McDonald, LF
  5. Ryan Lavarnway, DH
  6. Josh Kroeger, RF
  7. Kelly Shoppach, C
  8. Nate Spears, 3B
  9. Jonathan Hee, 2B
Blue Jays (18-4)
  1. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  2. Yunel Escobar, SS
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Adam Lind, 1B
  5. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  7. Eric Thames, LF
  8. Colby Rasmus, CF
  9. Jeff Mathis, C
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