Daniel Paul Bard…wife's name is Adair… his father Paul played 5 seasons in the Dodgers and Orioles systems…his brother Luke was drafted by Boston in 2009 and went on to pitch in the Twins organization…his grandfather Fran O'Brien coached collegiate baseball at Stonehill, MIT, Holy Cross, and Brandeis in Massachusetts.
Opened the year at Portland (AA), going 0-1, 4.00 (4 ER/9.0 IP) in 8 relief appearances…only 2013 decision was a loss on April 9 vs. Reading…worked season high 2.0 scoreless innings on April 19 vs. New Britain…was recalled by Boston on April 24 and made 2 appearances vs. Houston at Fenway Park, April 25 (1.0, 1 H) and April 27 (2 batters faced, 1 R-ER, 2 BB)…was optioned to Portland on April 28…issued 6 R/5 ER and 13 BB in 3.2 IP over 5 games before going on the disabled list on May 16 with a strained abdominal muscle… underwent a rehab and throwing program at Boston's Fort Myers minor league complex…returned to make 2 appearances for the Gulf Coast Red Sox (Rookie) on Aug. 26 and 28 (1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R-ER, 6 BB, 1 SO) before making final outing of the season on Aug. 31 for Lowell (Short-A) vs. Tri-City (1.0 IP, 4 BB, 2 SO)…was designated for assignment by Boston the following day and claimed on waivers by the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 4…saw no action in the Cubs organization…made 3 appearances for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League in November but retired just one of 13 total batters faced…was not tendered a 2014 contract by Chicago on December 2 and became a free agent…under surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome on January 2 with procedure performed by Dr. Greg Pearl in Dallas.
Posted a career-high 5 wins over 2 stints with Boston, pitching mostly as a starter before6/5 option to Triple-A Pawtucket and as a reliever after 8/30 recall to the Red Sox.Began year in the Red Sox rotation and had a 4-6 record with a 5.30 ERA (32 ER/54.1 IP) in 10 starts...Went 1-0 with 9 runs allowed in 5.0 innings (16.20 ERA) in 7 relief appearances for Boston.Surrendered career-high 9 home runs despite tossing his fewest innings (59.1 IP) since his rookie season in2009 (49.1 IP)...Walked career-high 43 batters while striking out a career-low 38...Also posted career highs in ERA (6.22), hits (60), runs (42), earned runs (41), HBP (8), and balks (2)...Tallied career lows in games (17) and had no saves or holds.Posted a 3.70 ERA (10 ER/24.1 IP) at home compared to a 7.97 mark (31 ER/35.0 IP) on the road.Held opposing batters to a .243 AVG (17-for-70) in their 1st plate appearance and .239 (16-for-67) in their 2nd plate appearance compared to .316 (18-for-57) in their 3rd plate appearance of the game.In his 10 starts, owned a 4.44 ERA (23 ER/46.2 IP) over the 1st 5 innings compared to an 11.25 ERA (9 ER/7.2 IP) in subsequent frames.Earned a decision in all 10 starts, the longest such streak by a Red Sox pitcher to begin a career since TomBolton tallied 11 in a row from 8/3/89-8/18/90.Went 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA (8 ER/19.1 IP) in 4 games (3 starts) in April...Fanned 6 or more batters in his 1st 3 major league starts, becoming the 1st Boston hurler to do so since Aaron Sele in 1993.Made 1st career start in a 7-3 Sox loss on 4/10 at TOR in his 193rd career ML appearance...truck out 7 batters and issued 7 walks on 4/16 vs. TB, the 1st Red Sox pitcher to reach those marks in a game since Tim Wakefield on 6/5/97 at MIL (10 K, 7 BB), and the 1st Red Sox to do it at Fenway Park since Roger Clemens on 6/6/87 vs. DET (7 K, 7 BB).Earned the win in 1st relief appearance of the year on 4/23 atMIN...Stranded an inherited runner on 3rd base in 0.2 scoreless IP.Won for the 2nd time in as many appearances on 4/27 at CWSfollowing a victory in relief in his previous outing on 4/23 atMIN...Became the 1st Red Sox hurler to win back-to-back appearances, with the 1st in relief and the 2nd as a starter, since John Burkett on 6/11/03 vs. STL (relief) and 6/17/03 at CWS (start).Was charged with 2 balks and 1 wild pitch in the 2nd inning on 5/8 at KC...According to Elias, became the 1stmajor leaguer to do so in an inning since Rick Mahler on 4/11/89 at HOU with CIN.Gave up homers in each of his 1st 3 games after 8/30 recall, marking the 1st time in his career allowing long balls in 3 consecutive relief appearances.Made 30 of 31 outings with the PawSox in relief, going 3-2 with 4 saves...Fanned 32 batters in 32.0 innings...Held opponents scoreless in 10 of his last 15 games from 7/19-8/26...Posted a .254 opponent AVG (31-for-122) overall in Triple-A.
Tied for the AL lead with 34 holds, trailing only Washington's Tyler Clippard (38) and Atlanta's Jonny Venters (35) for the Major League lead. Was the most holds for a Red Sox in a single season since the stat was 1st tracked in 1969, breaking his own club record set the previous year (32). ... Led the AL with a franchise-record 21 holds before the All-Star break. Paced the team while placing among AL relief leaders in appearances (T-5th, 70) and opponent AVG (5th, .179). ... Also ranked among qualifying AL relievers in WHIP (6th, career-best 0.96), opponent OBP (7th, .254) and strikeouts (T-7th, 74). Allowed just 14.7 percent of inherited runners to score (5 of 34), the 4th-lowest mark among AL qualifiers...Was the second-best single-season mark by a Sox reliever (min. 30 IR) since 1995 after Jonathan Papelbon in 2008 (13.3%, 4 of 30). Held right-handers to a .136 clip (15-for-110), fourth best among AL hurlers with at least 100 batters faced...Limited hitters in the third-sixth spots in the lineup to a .128 AVG (14-for-109), including just .138 (4-for-29) to cleanup hitters, which tied for second best in the AL (min. 30 BF). ...Opponents hit just .133 (12-for-90) against him with two outs, third lowest in the AL (min. 50 BF). Held opponents hitless in all 12 at-bats with the bases loaded, the most opponent at-bats among AL hurlers who did not allow a hit in that situation.Tallied a .161 opponent AVG (24-for-149) in the 1st half, the best mark by any qualifying Red Sox pitcher before the break over the last 65 seasons since 1946. Had a career-long seven straight outings with a hold from 7/1-16, tying the 2nd-longest such streak ever by a Red Sox after Hideki Okajima's eight-game run from 4/21-5/6/07...Led the Majors with 10 holds in 13 July tilts overall.Led club and tied for 5th in AL in both scoreless appearances (55) and perfect outings (30)...Was the most appearances by a Red Sox without allowing a base runner since Tom Gordon in 1998 (31). Did not allow a run over a Red Sox-record 25 consecutive outings from 5/27-7/31. ... Posted an AL-high and career-best 26.1-inning scoreless streak in that time. ...It was the longest single-season scoreless inning streak by a Red Sox since Pedro Martinez in 2002 (35.0, 7/25-8/16) and the longest for the team as a reliever since Bob Stanley in 1980 (27.1, 7/29-9/1/80). Went more than 1.0 IP a career-high 16 times, posting a 0.75 mark (2 ER/24.0 IP) with 10 holds and 28 K's in those outings. Struck out a season-high 4 batters on 5/4 vs. LAA, tossing scoreless 11th and 12th innings in the team's 13-inning loss. ... Also hurled 2.0 frames on 8/21 at KC, matching his season-high. Fanned 2 in a scoreless 9th inning on 4/23 at LAA, combining with Daisuke Matsuzaka (8.0 IP) for a 5-0 shutout at LAA on 4/23. Pitched a perfect 9th inning on 6/5 vs. OAK in a 6-3 win for his only save of the season, the fifth of his career. Lost a career-high nine games, the most by a Red Sox reliever since 2001 (Derek Lowe, 10)...Took the loss in three straight outings from 9/7-14, becoming the 1st Red Sox reliever to suffer the loss in three straight appearances since Jim Willoughby dropped three straight from 8/22-26/76...Threw 36 pitches in 1.0 inning of work on 9/7 at TOR, his second-largest single-game total after 38 pitches on 5/13/09 at LAA.
Led the American League with 32 holds, the most for a Red Sox hurler in a single seasonsince the stat was tracked in 1969...Became only the 3rd Sox reliever all time to record an ERAunder 2.00 while throwing at least 70.0 innings.Earned the Sox 2010 Fireman of the Year honors from theBoston Chapter of the BBWAA.His 32 holds also placed 3rd in the Majors behind SD'sLuke Gregerson (40) and Mike Adams (38)...Passed HidekiOkajima's mark of 27 in 2007 for most by a Boston hurlerand tied for the 6th-highest total in a single season by an ALhurler since the stat was tracked in 1969.Paced Boston and tied for 5th in the AL with 73 games...Tied for the team lead (also Jonathan Papelbon) and tied for3rd in the AL with 76 relief strikeouts...Also led Sox relieversand ranked among AL leaders out of the bullpen in opponentaverage (4th, .176), innings (T-4th, 74.2) and ERA (6th, 1.93)...Struck out at least 1 batter in an AL-relief-high 51 appearances.Became the 1st Red Sox reliever to toss at least 70.0 frames and record an ERA under 2.00 since Dick Radatzin 1963 (132.1 IP/1.97 ERA)...Is the 5th Boston pitcher to do it overall in that time (also starters Luis Tiant (1.91in 1972), Roger Clemens (1.93 in 1990) and Pedro Martinez (1.74 in 2000)...Only the 3rd Sox reliever to accomplishthe feat overall, also Ellis Kinder in 1953 (107.0 IP/1.85 ERA).Tossed more than 1.0 inning on 15 occasions, posting a 1.11 mark (3 ER/24.1 IP) with 8 holds and 22 strikeoutsin those outings.Collected 3 saves: 5/19 vs. MIN, 6/8 at CLE and 6/18 vs. LAD.Tallied an AL-relief-best 0.81 ERA (3 ER/33.1 IP) and .131 opponent average (14-for-107) at home (min. 25.0IP) compared to 2.83 (13 ER/41.1 IP) and .208 (31-for-149) on the road...Had a 1.68 ERA at night (11 ER/59.0IP) compared to 2.87 (5 ER/15.2 IP) during the day.Held left-handed batters to a .141 mark (19-for-135), 3rd among AL relievers (min. 50 LH batters faced)...Limited righties to a .215 clip (26-for-121).Had a 1.75 ERA (7 ER/36.0 IP) in 35 games against AL East rivals, including 8.1 scoreless innings in 8 outingsvs. TB and 8.1 shutout frames in 7 appearances vs. TOR.Recorded 19 holds before the break, tied for 2nd in the Majors (with SD's Luke Gregerson, behind SD's MikeAdams, 22) and the most ever for a Red Sox pitcher before the All-Star break.Posted ERA's under 1.00 in 2 months: 0.79 in May (1 ER/11.0 IP) and 0.96 (1 ER/9.1 IP) in July.Struck out the side in order in the 9th inning on 4/25 vs. BAL, 3rd time in his career he has done so (also5/29/09 at TOR, 7th inning, and 7/1/09 at BAL, 8th inning).Combined on 1-hitters twice in 4 days: 5/22 at PHI with Daisuke Matsuzaka, and 5/25 at TB with Jon Lester,Manny Delcarmen and Jonathan Papelbon...Is the 1st Red Sox pitcher to contribute to a pair of 1-hitters in thesame season since Rick Wise did so in 1976 (both starts).Tallied career-high, 15.2-inning scoreless streak over 16 outings from 6/15-7/25, the longest stretch by a Soxreliever in 2010.Held opponents scoreless in 35 of his last 42 tilts beginning 6/15 with a 1.50 ERA (7 ER/42.0 IP) in that time.Made 100th career appearance on 8/9 at NYY and recorded a hold...Marked his 38th career hold, tied for the7th most ever by a pitcher in his 1st 100 games.Allowed runs in back-to-back outings for the 2nd time in his career, 9/25 at NYY (2 R/1 ER/ 1.0 IP) and 9/28at CWS (1 ER/1.0 IP), 1st since 4 straight, 8/14-24/09.
Spent 1st season at Major League level after making Big League debut in May...Named Red Sox Rookie of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA...Led Major League rookie relievers and was 6th among AL relievers with 11.49 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched...The 11.49 strikeouts per 9.0 IP marked the 3rd-best ratio among AL rookie relievers since 1954 behind Ken Brett (12.04 with BOS in 1970) and Rafael Soriano (11.55 with SEA in 2003)...Also ranked among AL rookie relievers in strikeouts (4th, 63), opponent batting average (8th, .228), games (7th, 49) and innings (9th, 49.1)...63 strikeouts tied Hideki Okajima (2007) for 4th among Red Sox rookie relievers since 1954 behind only Dick Radatz (143 in 1962), Jonathan Papelbon (75 in 2006) and Ken Brett (70 in 1970)...Ranked 8th among Sox rookie relievers since 1954 with a 2.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio (63 K's/22 BB)...Recorded multiple strikeouts on 19 occasions including 8 games of 3 or more...Struck out 3 batters in each of 3 straight outings, 7/9-17...Was the 1st Red Sox reliever to do so since Alan Embree, 8/7-17/02, and the 1strookie reliever since Craig Skok's 4 straight from 7/17-8/7/73...Selected to the Big League roster from Triple-A Pawtucket on 5/10...Made ML debut on 5/13, tossing 2.0 scoreless frames at LAA and striking out his 1st batter faced (Mike Napoli)...Fanned each of his last 5 batters faced on 5/29 at TOR, a career-high 2.1-inning outing...Became the 1st Red Sox rookie to strike out 5 straight since Casey Fossum on 8/27/02 vs. the Yankees...1st Major League save came on 6/12 at PHI, throwing a scoreless 13th inning.No earned runs allowed over a span of 14.0 innings (12 games) from 6/28-8/1 with 23 strikeouts compared to no walks...Streak ran to 14.1 IP before yielding a run in the 8th on 8/4 at TB...Made 27 appearances before yielding 1st home run, 8/4 at TB (Evan Longoria)...Marked longest homerless streak to begin a Major League career by any Red Sox pitcher since 1954...Earned 1st ML victory with 1.1 scoreless innings, 8/26 vs. CWS...Sox won, 3-2, on a walk-off HR by David Ortiz...Entering the season, was named the No. 4 prospect in the Red Sox system by Baseball America and dubbed as having the Best Fastball in the system in the publication's "Best Tools" survey.
Named Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year, splitting time between Single-A Greenville and Double-A Portland in his 2nd professional season...Threw more than 1.0 inning in 33 of 46 combined appearances, including 11 straight, 4/6-5/7 with Greenville...Combined to hold right-handed batters to a .150 clip (23-for-153) compared to .168 (19-for-113) vs. lefties...Yielded 4 homers to righties and none to left-handers...Began the season with Greenville...No runs allowed in 14 of 15 appearances with the Drive...Garnered Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for April, tossing 20.0 scoreless frames and going1-0 with a system-best 32 strikeouts over 10 appearances...Scoreless streak stretched to 22.0 innings and 11 outings before surrendering 2 runs on 5/7 against Rome...Earned a promotion to Portland on 5/17...Fanned at least 1 batter in 29 of 31 appearances with the Sea Dogs...Landed on the disabled list 8/29 and missed the rest of the season...Following the season, ranked the No. 9 prospect in the Eastern League according to Baseball America and also named a First-Team Minor League All-Star by that publication.
1st pro season, started 22 games between Single-A Lancaster and Greenville...Made 5 starts for Lancaster, 4/6-27, before landing on the DL on 5/2 with an elbow strain...Transferred to Greenville on 6/5...Held opponents to 3 earned runs or less in each of his first 9 outings from6/5-7/20, going 3-1 with a 3.65 ERA (15 ER/37.0 IP) in that time...Made 16 relief appearances for the Honolulu Sharks of the Hawaii Winter League...Posted a 1.08 ERA (2 ER/16.2 IP), 4th-best in the circuit...Named to the league's post-season all-star team...Prior to the season, cited by Baseball America as No. 4 prospect and having the Best Fastball in the BOS chain.