Evening wrap: Sox acquire Hanrahan; Gronk still not ready to play

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Evening wrap: Sox acquire Hanrahan; Gronk still not ready to play

Mike Giardi has the headlines and highlights for Wednesday evening, including:

The Red Sox' acquisition of closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates, and . . .

. . . their official signing of shortstop Stephen Drew,

Bill Belichick saying that Rob Gronkowski still isn't ready to return from his broken forearm, though the team is taking it day-by-day,

Tom Brady hoping for a better performance Sunday against the Dolphins than they put in last week against the Jaguars, especially since they're still eligible for a first-round bye, and

The Celtics heading to the West Coast after an impressive win over the Nets in Brooklyn on Christmas Day.

How dominant has Craig Kimbrel been? The numbers are eye popping

How dominant has Craig Kimbrel been? The numbers are eye popping

Remember that infield hit by Jonathan Villar of the Brewers off Craig Kimbrel on May 11 in Milwaukee?

Don't worry, nobody does. That's the last hit off the Red Sox closer. That's right. One hit this month.

How dominant has Kimbrel been? Going into Saturday, right-handed hitters don't have a hit off him in their past 39 at-bats. Opponents are hitting .083 against him. Move the decimal point and 0.83 happens to be his season ERA, too, to go with 13 saves. 

Here's more via @SoxNotes:

Kimbrel, 28, has been one of baseball's best closers for years with the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres. His first year in Boston last season was solid with 31 saves and a 3.40 ERA, but his walks climbed (30 total and 5.1 per 9 innings, the second-highest totals of his career). He also struggled in non-save situations.

There's been no struggling lately. The last run Kimbrel gave up was a home run by Kendrys Morales of the Blue Jays in the ninth inning on April 20 in Toronto that tied the score at 1 in a game won by the Red Sox 4-1 in 10. Kimbrel got the win and his only blown save of the season.

His three-out save Friday night was his first outing without a strikeout since a one-out save April 23. That followed his four-strikeout inning Thursday night.