Farrell: Bailey's in a good place right now

Farrell: Bailey's in a good place right now
March 6, 2013, 2:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Although it didn’t count toward Grapefruit League standings, erstwhile closer Andrew Bailey earned the save in the Red Sox 4-3 exhibition win over Team Puerto Rico Tuesday night. It was Bailey’s first save of the spring.

In three Grapefruit League games he has pitched three innings, giving up three runs on six hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

“This is a proven closer who’s been an All-Star a couple of times,” said manager John Farrell. “In this spring training in the early going, he’s been aggressive with all his pitches. As we’ve seen with other pitchers, too, as they get into their outings, increased arm strength, increased action on their stuff through the zone. He’s in a good place right now.

“He’s going to pitch late in the game for us. He’s going to pitch in a meaningful role. We may look to how he best matches up against some righties or where we are in a lineup late in a game. But he’s a guy we’re going to turn to frequently.”