Decision to rest Bard bites Red Sox

Boston stuck to giving the reliever the night off against the Cubs and paid for it

Updated: May 22, 2011, 1:53 AM ET
By Steven Krasner | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox made a decision before Saturday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

They stuck with that decision, which was to keep ace setup man Daniel Bard in the bullpen, giving him a second straight day off.

And that decision may very well have cost Boston a 9-3 loss Saturday night at foggy Fenway Park that snapped the Red Sox's winning streak at seven games and cost the team an opportunity to slide into first place in the American League East for the first time ...

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