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Alfredo Aceves 'excited' to close

Updated: April 5, 2012, 7:33 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- His words were hardly a giveaway. Neither was his expression.

Alfredo Aceves played it about as straight as humanly possible Wednesday, the day that manager Bobby Valentine announced the former Yankees castoff would open the 2012 season as the Red Sox closer.

How did he react?

"Nothing," he said, no trace of joy intruding on his solemn expression. "It's a job."

But surely he was excited?

Only then did Aceves show some emotion, a broad smile lighting ...

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