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Red Sox bullish on their pen

Andrew Bailey among group of could-be closers in front of Joel Hanrahan

Updated: April 2, 2013, 12:10 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

NEW YORK -- For all of his faults, real or imagined, there was at least one mess on the 2012 Boston Red Sox that was not of Bobby Valentine's making: the bullpen.

The man who was supposed to be Valentine's closer, Andrew Bailey, went out with a freak thumb injury in spring training and needed surgery. The man who might have bailed Valentine out, Daniel Bard, was committed to becoming a starter, in part because the Red Sox harbored some reservations about whether he had a closer's mentality. ...

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