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All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan traded to Boston

Red Sox acquire Hanrahan from Pirates in six-player trade.

December 26, 2012|Wire reports
  • The Red Sox have acquired closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates in a six-player deal.
The Red Sox have acquired closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates in a six-player… (Gene J. Puskar / Associated…)

The Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a six-player deal.

Boston completed the trade Wednesday, also receiving infielder Brock Holt. The Red Sox gave up right-handers Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands.

Over the last two seasons, the right-handed Hanrahan had 76 saves, fourth-most in the National League, and a 2.24 earned-run average. Last season, he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves.

Holt spent most of last season at double-A Altoona (Pa.), then hit .292 in 24 games with the Pirates, all in September.

Melancon was 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in 41 relief appearances in his only season with Boston. Pimentel spent the season at double-A Portland (Maine). Sands and De Jesus were obtained in a trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers on Aug. 25.


The wife of former major league star Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her, according to police records.

A police report obtained by the Associated Press said the fight happened about 1:30 a.m. on Christmas, after Nicole Jones asked her husband to help her prepare their suburban Atlanta home for Christmas morning.

Andruw Jones was free on bond after his arrest on a battery charge, according to Gwinnett County Jail records.


The Seattle Mariners officially announced their $2.75-million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez, returning the 40-year-old veteran to where he began his major league career in 1996.


Ex-coach Krivak dies at 77

Joe Krivak, Maryland's football coach from 1987 to 1991, has died. He was 77.

The school said he died Tuesday night.

Krivak was quarterbacks coach for Bobby Ross in the 1980s, working with Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich and Stan Gelbaugh. After Ross left for Georgia Tech after the 1986 season, Krivak was promoted to head coach.

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