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Bullpen playing big role in Red Sox’ success

MINNEAPOLIS — One of the developing story lines on this Red Sox team is how well they have survived the Joel Hanrahan-Andrew Bailey injuries.

The Sox have survived and excelled with relievers adapting to new roles after the team’s top two late-game options went to the disabled list. (Bailey will return to the active roster on Monday in Chicago.) Over the first six games of this nine-game road trip, including Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, Sox relievers have pitched 20 innings and allowed one run. They have walked only seven batters and struck out 21.

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