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February 22, 2013

Red Sox top Northeastern 3-0 in exhibition opener

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“I’m satisfied,” Bard said. “Not perfect obviously but it’s a huge step in the right direction. It’s always good to get out the gate with some good results.”

Boston beat Northeastern 25-0 last year, but although several regulars started the game, the Red Sox were fairly quiet offensively. Designated hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first, and Boston added additional runs in the fifth and sixth.

Hanrahan started 11 games for Washington in his first big league season, but he’s been exclusively a reliever ever since. He saved 76 games in the last two seasons for Pittsburgh, which made him an attractive target for a Boston team that lost 93 games in 2012.

Andrew Bailey was expected to be Boston’s closer last season, but he missed most of the year with an injury, and now Hanrahan is taking over that role.

Bard is hoping to bounce back after going 5-6 with a 6.22 ERA last year. Manager John Farrell was satisfied with what he saw from both him and Hanrahan.

“As we set out every pitcher to go the mound — establish fastball, attack the zone with it. Both did,” Farrell said. “The objective that we set out today, we’ve been able to accomplish that.”

Andrew Miller, Alex Wilson, Clayton Mortensen, Pedro Beato and Anthony Carter pitched the rest of the game for the Red Sox.

Notes: Boston has won all 11 meetings with Northeastern by a combined score of 139-6. ... The Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. RHP John Lackey, who was sidelined all last year following elbow-ligament replacement surgery, is expected to pitch in that game.

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