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Closing time: Aceves or Melancon?

As Red Sox scramble for Bailey's replacement, the numbers show a clear favorite

Updated: April 4, 2012, 12:10 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

Back in 2008, Alfredo Aceves and Mark Melancon probably didn't foresee competing to become the Boston Red Sox closer in 2012.

They would have had plenty of time to discuss it, though. The two were teammates in the New York Yankees' farm system, playing together across three different levels that year.

Now, with Andrew Bailey out until after the All-Star break, either Aceves or Melancon is likely to take over the ninth inning for Boston. (General manager Ben Cherington said Daniel ...

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