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  1. Red Sox activate Joel Hanrahan, but will he resume closing?

    Apr 30, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    As expected the Red Sox activated Joel Hanrahan from the disabled list after the reliever missed the past two weeks with a hamstring injury. Hanrahan was the Red Sox’s closer at the time of the injury, but fill-in Andrew Bailey has converted five straight save chances and has a 1.46 ERA with 20 strikeouts in…

  2. Red Sox place closer Joel Hanrahan on disabled list

    Apr 16, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Joel Hanrahan initially hoped to return after just a few days, but the Red Sox have placed him on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. That means Andrew Bailey should get a two-week look in the closer role, which began yesterday with him blowing a one-run lead against the Rays and ending up with…

  3. Joel Hanrahan out a few days with hamstring soreness

    Apr 14, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald: After a meeting this morning with Joel Hanrahan, manager John Farrell believes the Red Sox have identified a reason for the embattled closer’s early-season struggles. Hanrahan has been dealing with soreness in his right hamstring since his second appearance of the season in New York, Farrell revealed today. And…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I spent the evening seeing a preview showing of the Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” — review coming later today — so I didn’t get to watch really any baseball. Kinda glad I didn’t too. After seeing and thinking about Robinson I would have probably just thrown something at my TV if I had to watch…

  5. Red Sox storm into first place, beat Yankees 8-2

    Apr 1, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Jumping all over CC Sabathia, the Red Sox racked up 13 hits and eight walks to beat the Yankees 8-2 in Monday’s opener. A typical Red Sox-Yankees game, it finished about an hour and a half later than the Nationals’ 2-0 win over the Marlins, which also started at 1:05 p.m. EDT. The Red Sox…

  6. 2013 Preview: Boston Red Sox

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:19 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: will the offseason spending spree prove worth it? Coming off a disastrous season…

  7. 2013 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Pittsburgh Pirates. The Big Question: Can the Buccos break .500 for the first time since the 1992 season? It is absolutely…

  8. Red Sox avoid arbitration with new closer Joel Hanrahan

    Jan 18, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan, who the Red Sox acquired from the Pirates last month, has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.04 million. This was Hanrahan’s final year of arbitration eligibility and so he’ll be a free agent next offseason, which along with the high price tag and Jason Grilli‘s emergence played a part…

  9. Jason Grilli to be the Pirates closer

    Dec 26, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    Jason Grilli

    This seemed obvious, but perhaps the Pirates were taking the polite road and waiting for the Joel Hanrahan deal to Boston to become official before announcing it: Neal Huntington confirms Jason Grilli will be the closer heading into spring training. Hopes Melancon can eventually develop like Hanrahan. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) December 26, 2012  …

  10. Joel Hanrahan, not Andrew Bailey, will be Red Sox’s closer

    Dec 26, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    While the Red Sox were finalizing their deal for Joel Hanrahan it was widely assumed that he’d begin 2013 as a setup man for closer Andrew Bailey, but now that the deal is official that won’t be the case. Assistant general manager Brian O’Halloran told reporters today that manager John Farrell was given the choice…

  11. Red Sox and Pirates finalize Joel Hanrahan trade

    Dec 26, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    An official announcement was delayed over Christmas, but the Red Sox and Pirates have now completed the trade sending reliever Joel Hanrahan to Boston. Along with Hanrahan the Red Sox also receive Brock Holt, a 24-year-old shortstop with good on-base skills who debuted with the Pirates this year. In exchange for Hanrahan and Holt the…

  12. Pirates agree to trade Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox

    Dec 23, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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    UPDATE, SUNDAY: The Pirates will also get right-handed reliever Mark Melancon from the Red Sox, according to Bowden. Heyman says there’s “still some discussion” about the remaining players involved so negotiations may run past Christmas. ***************** SATURDAY, 5:02 PM: Heyman reports that it’s a six-player deal, with four going to Pittsburgh and two going to Boston.…

  13. Dodgers and Red Sox showing interest in Joel Hanrahan

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the scoop: The Dodgers are showing interest in Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan, but they have a little company. The Red Sox are said to have an interest as well. The Bucs would presumably want a starting pitcher (or multiple starting pitchers) in return, which makes the Dodgers a nice fit because they’re looking to unload both Chris…

  14. The market for Joel Hanrahan is surprisingly weak

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan is an exceptional 76-for-84 saving games for the Pirates the last two years, but he isn’t drawing as much interest around the league as the team has hoped, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel. The Pirates recently shopped Hanrahan to a pair of American League teams, only to get the response that…

  15. The Pirates are shopping Joel Hanrahan

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Joel Hanrahan has been a quality closer for the Pirates for the past two seasons, but he’s about to get another raise in arbitration and can become a free agent next offseason. With that in mind, ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the Pirates are currently trying to gauge his trade value. Hanrahan is coming off…

  16. Pirates drop 82nd game, ensure 20th straight sub-.500 season

    Sep 30, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan has been a rock in the closer’s role these last two seasons, but even he let the Pirates down today as the team completed its collapse. The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the ninth Sunday to beat the Pirates 4-3, dropping Pittsburgh to 77-82 and locking up a 20th consecutive season…

  17. No, Jayson Stark, Craig Kimbrel is not the NL Cy Young

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark built his Cy Young case for Craig Kimbrel in Friday’s column. It’s chock full of some delicious statistics that demonstrate Kimbrel’s unprecedented accomplishments, and it’s well worth reading. It’s actually a really good column. I just totally disagree with the premise. Now, I’m not one to say relievers don’t deserve consideration for…

  18. Joel Hanrahan survives shaky ninth as Pirates snap seven-game losing streak

    Sep 15, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Hanrahan AP

    Joel Hanrahan‘s ninth inning against the Cubs this afternoon was painful to watch. Very painful. But the Pirates’ seven-game losing streak is over. Hanrahan entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 7-4 lead, but quickly gave up a double to Joe Mather and walked Darwin Barney. He got the first out of the…

  19. Jonathan Papelbon’s 30-save streak stands alone

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon protected a one-run lead Thursday against the Mets to earn his 30th save of the season. It’s the seventh year in a row he’s reached the milestone, a streak that is going to be by far the longest in baseball once the season ends. Besides Papelbon, only Mariano Rivera had saved 30 games…

  20. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    mlb all-star patch

    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  21. Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan on bereavement leave

    May 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan‘s grandmother died yesterday and the Pirates closer is expected to be away from the team until Sunday on bereavement leave. Daniel McCutchen, who threw 189 innings for the Pirates during the past three seasons, was called up from Triple-A to take Hanrahan’s place on the roster. Juan Cruz is the obvious candidate to…

  22. Angels trying to trade for a new closer?

    Apr 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that the Angels have “inquired” about A’s closer Grant Balfour, Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan and Mariners closer Brandon League, with Cafardo calling Balfour the “most logical” fit because Oakland’s asking price should be the lowest. Jordan Walden earned Rookie of the Year votes in the American…

  23. Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan misses save chance with hamstring injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan was unavailable out of the Pirates’ bullpen last night because of a hamstring injury, so Juan Cruz got a rare save opportunity and closed out a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that Hanrahan tweaked his hamstring while throwing the final pitch of his Sunday save versus the Giants…

  24. Springtime Storylines: Are the Pittsburgh Pirates getting any closer to breaking .500?

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Pirates Spring Baseball

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up first: The Pirates. Yarrr? The Big Question: Are the Buccos getting closer to snapping their streak of losing seasons? Most of…

  25. Running down the rosters: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    While it was a 19th straight sub-.500 season, the Pirates did finish with their best record since 2004 by going 72-90 last year. They’ve since added two starters to an already much-improved pitching staff. As for the offense, well, they’re just going to have to hope that the incumbents get better. Rotation A.J. Burnett –…

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