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Daniel Bard could be losing grip on starting spot

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Red Sox started spring training with eight pitchers competing for two spots in the rotation - so many candidates that manager Bobby Valentine scheduled extra games to get them all work.

Injuries have steadily whittled that number down. Carlos Silva arrived with a sore shoulder, never pitched, and was released. Aaron Cook and Ross Ohlendorf were held back for 10 days because of lingering shoulder injuries and fell out of the race.

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