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Red Sox, Bard agree to one-year deal

The Boston Red Sox and pitcher Daniel Bard have year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Bard pitched to a 2-9 mark but posted a respectable 3.33 earned run average in 70 games for the Sox last season.

The 26-year-old set a club record by turning in 25 straight scoreless outings from May 27-July 31.

The former 2006 first-round pick has gone 5-13 with a 2.88 ERA in 192 appearances, all with Boston, over the last three campaigns.

The Sox have only three remaining players eligible for arbitration -- pitchers Andrew Bailey and Alfredo Aceves, and infielder/designated hitter David Ortiz.