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This time, Hanrahan replaces Bailey

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 3, 2013 12:15 AM

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TORONTO — Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save Thursday night. It was the 100th of his career.

Hanrahan allowed a leadoff single before disposing of the Jays on seven pitches. He hit 97 miles per hour with his fastball and ended the game with a double play.

“It’s nice to finally feel like a part of it again,” said Hanrahan, who pitched for the second time since coming off the disabled list.

Andrew Bailey, who became the closer when Hanrahan was out with a strained hamstring, was not available because of a sore bicep. He felt pain during his last outing on Sunday and again when threw in the bullpen on Wednesday.

“We’re not going to take any chances with that, particularly with Joel being back healthy,” Farrell said.

Bailey doesn’t believe the injury is serious.

“Felt a little something the last time I pitched,” he said. “We’re just being very [cautious] with it.”

Said Hanrahan: “We’re a better team when both of us are healthy. Whatever they’re going to go, they’re going to do. That’s not really up to us. Our goal is to go out there and get people out.”

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