Miller looking to build on last year's performance

BOSTON -- A year ago, Andrew Miller was determined to prove that he could eventually live up to his promise. The fact that he was presented on Thursday with Boston's Fireman of the Year Award by the Boston Baseball Writers was a pretty clear indication that 2012 at last gave him something to build on.

"I haven't been honored for too many things for my success at the Major League level, so it's a huge honor, and I'm very humbled by it and appreciative of it," said Miller.

Miller was always looked upon as a starter, but things changed last year, mainly because he developed a leg injury during Spring Training. There was no longer time to get him stretched out, so then-manager Bobby Valentine kept him as a reliever for the entire season.

The role clearly suited Miller, as he went 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 53 games.

"It was good. I don't know what to credit for that," Miller said. "Maybe just getting a few good ones under my belt right out of the gate. It was very good for me. It was important to really show that things were going in the right direction for me. I'm looking to build off that."

Miller could be one of three lefties out of the bullpen, joining Craig Breslow and Franklin Morales.

"Last year was good. I think I can still pinpoint a few things that I can improve on pretty easily with hindsight," said Miller.