Five from the Fort: Joel Hanrahan

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Five from the Fort: Joel Hanrahan

Joel Hanrahan joins the CSN crew for Five from the Fort - a lightning round of questions with the new Red Sox closer.

Among the topics covered:

Do you need facial hair to be a good closer?

"No. A lot of guys do though. I'd look like I'm 12 if I shave," said Hanrahan. The Red Sox would likely want to avoid any Rookie of the Year flashbacks so expect to see Hanrahan with a healthy dose of facial fur.

How about an entrance song?
Expect to hear something with a little edge when the bullpen doors open in the ninth inning. Hanrahan enjoys the soothing and calming sounds (sarcasm) of Slipknot - a heavy metal band from Iowa.

Will you miss picking up a bat?
Hanrahan tripled in his first career at-bat, but says he'd really enjoy hitting one over the Monster at some point (presumably during batting practice) and said it's even on his Bucket List.

For more from Hanrahan, including his pedicure, check out the video above.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.