, Gloucester, MA

May 1, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Bailey to close

With Joel Hanrahan officially activated from the disabled list on Tuesday, the Red Sox made a decision on who would be the team’s closer moving forward. And Andrew Bailey won the battle.

Bailey, who was acquired prior to the 2012 season to be the Sox closer, started the season as the set-up man, with Hanrahan taking over the closer job. But with Hanrahan struggling and injured Bailey stepped in and pitched well to win the job.

Bailey has five saves on the season to go along with a 1.46 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 12.1 innings pitched. Hanrahan, who has three saves and an ERA of 11.57 in 4.2 innings pitched this season, will head back into the bullpen mix, probably pitching the seventh inning in front of Koji Uehara.

Step it up

Nobody has been satisfied with the Bruins play over the stretch run of the season, including team general manager Peter Chiarelli.

The Bruins general manager said his team needed to step up its play in the playoffs to have any chance of advancing past Toronto in Tuesday’s team conference call.

“From our team’s performance, we came off of a decent finish in the sense of the standings, but I don’t think anyone was ever satisfied with our game, myself included, players included,” Chiarelli said.”I’m not going to offer any excuses. We didn’t perform to the way we were capable of performing on a number of different fronts. It was good we had a strong start and we were able to finish where we finished. If I’m going to judge our team on our latter half of the year, I would have to say that we really have to step up our performance to have success in the playoffs.”

The fourth seeded Bruins host No. 5 Toronto tonight in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

Odd man out

Rich Peverly could be the odd man out for the Bruins tonight. At Tuesday’s practice Peverly didn’t skate with the top four lines and could be a healthy scratch tonight against Toronto. Jay Pandolfo and Carl Soderberg also look to be healthy scratches tonight. Boston’s third line will reportedly feature Chris Kelly, Jaromir Jagr and Kasper Daugavins.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru