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Red Sox | Andrew Bailey ready to cut it as closer?

Boston Red Sox RP Andrew Bailey believes he's ready to resume closing, at least in part because of the rediscovery of his cut fastball. He threw the pitch often while with the Oakland Athletics to offset his four-seam fastball, but over time, the pitch morphed into more of an ineffective slider. Pitching coach Juan Nieves and bullpen coach Dana LeVangie worked with him to change the grip of the pitch so that it acts more like a cutter again.

Fantasy Tip: Bailey's recent results suggest that the BoSox are onto something here. The right-hander represents a good long-term bet for saves in Boston because he seems to be the pitcher they want to use in the ninth, as long as he's right. Koji Uehara should remain a valuable fantasy reliever as a fallback plan, but his days as closer, for now, are numbered.

2013-07-11 11:43:13 | Source: Boston Herald - Scott Lauber

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