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Bedard to start Thursday, Lester pushed back

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  August 1, 2011 05:12 PM

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Their talks as Bedard's been traveling: “I talked to him yesterday a little bit before we got to the airport. He was terrific. He said he’s looking forward to it. We talked about his day to pitch so he can kind of get himself settled when he gets here and everything. We’re looking forward to getting him going. I think the one thing we have to recognize is he hasn’t pitched a lot in the last month so we’ve got to kind of want to get him ramped up so we can get the most out of him. We’ll keep an eye on that.”

What he likes about Bedard: “Breaking ball. Well, more than that, but the way it’s been explained to me, he can wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning and spin his breaking ball. He’s also done it in the American League East, which is something to think about. I’ve seen what he’s done to us. So we’re excited.”

Bedard's health: “The knee is not an issue. I mean he tweaked – he’s got the brace on it, but he’s OK.”

Adjusting to the pennant race: “Get people out. The game is the game. The quicker he gets comfortable here I think it’s easier. The best way to get comfortable is to throw well. You see guys come in – Jason Bay came in the first game he got a hit and everything was really easy for him. Guys that come in and struggle, it’s a little harder. I think with a pitcher it might be a little bit easier. He’s going to pitch his game and do his work. I think our clubhouse is an easy place to come into, too. I’ve been in a lot of clubhouses and ours is pretty easy.”

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