Against the Twins in his first relief appearance this season, Bard got two key outs in the eighth inning to prevent the go-ahead run on third from scoring in a 6-5 Boston win.
"It was the same thing I've done for the last few years," Bard said. "I mean, it's a little weird just being out there just because I haven't done it this year yet. It's like riding a bike. I had a pretty well-established routine the last three years, four years. It was pretty easy to get back into it."
In his first two starts of the season, both losses, Bard had mixed results. While he gave up five runs on eight hits in five innings during his first start on April 10, Bard surrendered only one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings on April 16 against the Rays.
Trying to get his first win as a starter, Bard will be up against southpaw John Danks, who followed up Philip Humber's perfect game with a win of his own.
Helping the White Sox sweep the Mariners in his start on Sunday, Danks tossed six innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits for his second win of the season.
Danks was able to keep the Mariners on their toes by mixing in his changeup and spotting his fastball.
"He grinds -- it's the one thing, the kind of pitcher he is," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said after the game. "Kind of battle it out with the other team; kind of keep them off balance."
Red Sox: Crawford has sprained ulnar collateral ligament
Left fielder Carl Crawford has been diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his left elbow and will be shut down from baseball activity, the Red Sox announced Thursday. The team did not give a timetable as to when he'll return to action.
"Carl Crawford was examined by the Red Sox medical staff," the team said in a news release. "He was diagnosed as having a left elbow ulnar collateral ligament sprain. A conservative treatment protocol was recommended. Carl was also examined by Dr. James Andrews, who was in agreement with the assessment and plan. Carl received a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection and will be shut down from baseball activity during the initial phase of his treatment."
Lars Anderson received his first career start in left field for the Red Sox in Thursday's series opener against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
"I've been watching him for four days. He's good off the fungo and the reports on him are he caught everything that was hit to him when he played, so we'll see," manager Bobby Valentine said. "[He] hasn't been challenged and I would say the wind and big league hitters will challenge him a little more than he's been challenged before. He feels good about it."
White Sox: Rienzo suspended
Chicago right-hander Andre Rienzo was one of two Minor League pitchers suspended for 50 games due to violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention Treatment Program, as announced by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball on Thursday.
Rienzo, a 23-year-old native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, came to the team as a free agent in 2006. He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA for Class A Winston-Salem as part of its 2012 starting rotation.
"I have been informed by Major League Baseball that I have tested positive for a prohibited substance, and as a result, I will be suspended for 50 games," Rienzo said in the statement. "I want to make it clear to Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox that I have never intentionally taken a prohibited substance.
"Unfortunately, during the offseason, I used a dietary supplement that I purchased at a health food store in my home country of Brazil, believing it to be legitimate. It is now apparent that the supplement was tainted. I understand that I am responsible for what I put in my body, and therefore have accepted the 50-game suspension. I look forward to returning to the game I love, and I appreciate the support the Chicago White Sox have given me during this process."
After opening the season with only two hits in his first nine games, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is since batting .476 (10-for-21) with two doubles and three home runs.
White Sox reliever Jesse Crain will throw another side session on Saturday after receiving extensive treatment, and then the White Sox will decide if he goes on the disabled list.