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The Dodgers had eight starting pitchers in spring training. Then they lost Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley, and Ted Lilly to injuries and they traded Aaron Harang.
The Red Sox had two closers. How would that work? Wouldn’t they have to deal one of them?
And then there were none, with Joel Hanrahan Tuesday joining Andrew Bailey on the disabled list.
The good news here is they still have someone who can take over the job.
He’s Junichi Tazawa, 26, whom the Red Sox got from the Industrial League in Japan while he was pitching for the Nippon Oil corporate team.
He has gotten through Tommy John surgery, and entered Tuesday night’s game leading the American League in holds with nine. He’s got terrific stuff.