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Have faith in Joel Hanrahan

Spring is for training, summer is for excelling for new Red Sox closer

Updated: March 7, 2013, 7:04 PM ET
By By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made Joel Hanrahan his closer before the 2011 season, the decision was not met with universal acclaim, especially when Hanrahan was lit up in spring training.

"People were calling for my head," Hanrahan said. "I think I went out and I was giving up home runs every game. I was having a terrible spring."

He imagines that the reaction this spring back in New England isn't much different, given the early returns: nine ...

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