August 30, 2013

On Baseball: Lester's pace not quite 'ace'

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Farrell said Bard's "velocity isn't where it was when he was (in Boston) for a brief time or in spring training. The fact that he's on the mound is one step."

Farrell did not rule out Bard returning this year but that seems doubtful, especially after his appearance Thursday in the Gulf Coast League. Bard faced six batters. One flied out. The other five walked.

MATT BARNES may be in the major league conversation next year. He made his Pawtucket debut Thursday and pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, while striking out seven.

Barnes, just promoted from the Sea Dogs, retired the first batter in the sixth and was then relieved. He threw 86 pitches, 56 for strikes.

RYAN DEMPSTER might be considered a bullpen option. Assuming Buchholz comes back healthy, Dempster is likely the odd pitcher out of the rotation.

Dempster, who served a five-game suspension for beaning Alex Rodriguez on Aug. 18, and then was given a few more days off, gets the start tonight for Boston, when the White Sox come to town.

"He's rested, I know that," Farrell said.

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