Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/8/14
Andrew Bailey has been a cut above the typical closer lately, and his coaches have noticed. Bailey mowed down the A’s in the ninth with three straight strikeouts Wednesday evening, giving the Red Sox a 6-5 win and providing further evidence that the team may have a real closer battle on its hands this year after Bailey struggled in the role during his injury-shortened 2012 season. Bailey earned his fifth save in Wednesday night’s win, but this one fell into the category of a save that left no room for error. “That was a man’s save,” pitching coach Juan Nieves said of Bailey’s 19-pitch performance, according to The Boston Globe. Manager John Farrell also had compliments for Bailey, who has only improved since closer Joel Hanrahan hit the disabled list with a hamstring injury. “When you look at him, he looks like he’s pitching with his hair on fire,” Farrell said. “But he’s out there with a definite plan, and he’s able to execute it.” Both Nieves and Farrell have said that Hanrahan is the closer this year, leaving Bailey to move back to the role of eighth-inning setup man once Hanrahan returns. Bailey said Wednesday that his role isn’t his decision. “My goal was to stay healthy and prove that I could pitch,” he said. “I think I’ve proven that I can pitch. We’ll see what happens when he comes back. We’re all on the same page in terms of where we want to take this team. Whatever roles are, roles are.” Bailey has a 1.59 ERA in 12 appearances this year. He’s allowed just five hits and four walks while striking out 20.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Kendrick Perkins: Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

Report: Jim Harbaugh being encouraged to take Michigan job

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.