Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/21/13
1:40 p.m.: One thing that’s worth noting is that Andrew Miller was actually warming up in the Red Sox’ bullpen while Andrew Bailey gave up the walk-off home run on Thursday. That shows that John Farrell wanted to have another arm ready in case Bailey struggled, but could it also mean that Miller will handle the ninth-inning duties on Friday should the opportunity arise? I took a look at some of the Red Sox’ internal closer options after Thursday’s game. Check out the link below to see how they stack up during what will be a huge test for Farrell. Click here to read about the Red Sox’ closer options >> 8 a.m. ET: There will be no shortage of storylines when the Red Sox play the Tigers on Friday night. Andrew Bailey blew another save on Thursday, and John Farrell said after the game that he thinks it’s time to explore other ninth-inning options. He didn’t go into detail about what those options are, but  if the Red Sox find themselves in a save situation on Friday, it’ll be interesting to see who the Red Sox skipper summons from the bullpen. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. The Red Sox need to take care of business over the first eight innings before the closer situation even becomes a questions. And with the way Jon Lester has pitched recently, it’s no foregone conclusion that he’ll be able to hold the potent Tigers offense in check. Lester enters Friday’s game with an 0-4 record and 7.20 ERA over his last six starts. The struggles come despite Lester looking like a legitimate ace out of the gate this season, and they’re even more concerning given Clay Buchholz’s injury. The Red Sox need a bounce-back effort from the southpaw, and he’ll have his hands full on Friday. Friday’s tilt is scheduled to kick off at 7:08 p.m. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and follow along with NESN.com’s live blog.

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