During their Sunday night flight from Toronto to Logan Airport, Red Sox relievers Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey were talking about Opening Day at Fenway Park and how they both wanted to be a part of it. “This is a place where everybody wants to pitch,” Bailey said yesterday. “It’s such an adrenaline rush unlike everywhere else.” The new 1-2 punch in the back of the Red Sox bullpen finished yesterday’s 3-1 win against the Baltimore Orioles. Bailey made things look easy, striking out two in the eighth inning, and though Hanrahan’s ninth was shaky, the Sox bullpen appears promising. “Our bullpen is deep,” Bailey, who was with the Red Sox last year but on the disabled list to start the season, said. “Anybody can throw any inning down there and (we) have a lot of guys that can finish ballgames. As a whole, our goal is to keep the score where it is. Winning, losing, that’s the goal down there.” When Hanrahan emerged from the bullpen and made his way to the pitcher’s mound, the closer noticed he was running faster than normal. It was the 31-year-old former Pittsburgh Pirates reliever’s first Fenway appearance, and he was greeted in a rude manner. The first batter Hanrahan faced, Adam Jones, fell behind 0-2, then caught up with a fastball that he launched over the Green Monster to spoil the shutout bid. Hanrahan also gave up a double to J.J. Hardy before settling down and earning his third save of the season.
Bailey, Hanrahan set down O’s
Boston Herald | Apr 9