PORTLAND, Maine — It was during live batting-practice sessions early in spring training that Bob Kipper ventured into a bullpen on the back fields at JetBlue Park to greet Daniel Bard. It didn’t take long before Bard and his old pitching coach launched into a conversation of the mechanics of Bard’s delivery. Bard was searching for simplicity. Rather than thinking about his release point or the movement of his legs, he described to Kipper a focus on maintaining a straight line from the start of his delivery all the way through the ball crossing the plate.
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