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January 9, 2013

Sox RP Hanrahan likes what he sees at Fenway

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Along with Angel Stadium, Target Field (Twins), and U.S Cellular Field (White Sox), Fenway is one of the four ballparks the right-hander has never pitched in.

Last season, Red Sox relievers posted a combined record of 21-21 with a 3.88 ERA, better than only three other American League teams. The total of 35 saves — better than only the Blue Jays’ 29 in the AL — was one behind Hanrahan’s total for the season.

Either way, Hanrahan believes the Boston bullpen has potential.

“Andrew Miller’s always been one of those guys to watch for to see what he’s going to do,” he said. “There’s a lot of arms that could get the job done at any time.

“I was looking at something on the plane where MLB Network had the top five bullpens and I was thinking they might throw us on there (too). We’ll have to work our way onto there.

“But we belong there.”

Hanrahan, who pitched for the Nationals as well, is eager to make the jump to the AL, regardless of what people say about it.

“My job is to get three people out in the ninth inning before I give up the lead so I feel like I’ve been in some big games,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been in some tough spots. I’m not going to go out there and strike out the side every time. That’s not the kind of pitcher that I am. I’m going to come after guys and I’m going to give up some hits and stuff like that. But no matter where you go, you’re going to have doubters.

“So, I just try not to pay attention to that. My job is to go out there and save the victory for the team, and if we have a three-run lead, and I give up two runs, and we win that game, I’m going to be the same guy. I’m going to be happy that we won that game, and I think my laid-back personality will back that. And I like to have fun, too.”

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