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Red Sox Get Hanrahan from Pirates

BOSTON — If Joel Hanrahan can do for the Red Sox what he did against them, they should be happy with their new closer.

In the first of his two All-Star seasons for the Pirates, the right-hander posted back-to-back saves with perfect ninth innings against the Red Sox in June 2011. He struck out Adrian Gonzalez, who entered the series batting .359, to end the second game.

"When people look back on me as a Pirate, that's the one that stands out the most to them," Hanrahan said Wednesday after being obtained in a six-player trade.

"Joel Hanrahan has the stuff to pitch anywhere," Sox assistant GM Brian O'Halloran said of the new closer, who had 76 saves and a 2.24 ERA over the past two seasons.

Boston also will receive INF Brock Holt, while giving up RHPs Mark Melancon and Stolmy Pimentel, INF Ivan DeJesus Jr. and 1B/OF Jerry Sands.

The Red Sox also officially signed SS Stephen Drew, a former FSU standout, to a reported $9.5 million, one-year deal after he passed his physical.

Rangers: Free agent A.J. Pierzynski signed his one-year deal and said there is no animosity toward manager Ron Washington, who passed over the catcher for this past season's All-Star Game. Pierzynski, 36 on Sunday, hit .278 with a career-high 27 homers in 135 games for the White Sox last season. Washington said Pierzynski will start ahead of Geovany Soto.

Wife says ex-brave threatened to kill her: Nicole Jones, the wife of former Braves star Andruw Jones, accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her Christmas morning, according to Gwinnett County Police records. Andruw Jones, 35, was free on bond after his arrest on a battery charge.

Released from prison: Former All-Star closer Ugueth Urbina, 38, was released from a Venezuelan prison after serving more than 5½ years of his 14-year sentence for attempted murder. Urbina was accused of attacking workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at his family's ranch in 2005. He was released early for good behavior.

Hockey

Lightning makes mark in juniors

Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy, drafted 19th overall in 2012, made 32 saves for host Russia in its opening 3-2 overtime victory over Slovakia in the world junior championship. Forward Nikita Kucherov had a goal for Russia and defenseman Nikita Nesterov an assist. Both also are Tampa Bay prospects. In other games, Canada beat Germany 9-3, Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 4-1 and Finland beat Latvia 5-1. The United States plays Germany at 9 a.m. today (NHL Network).

ET CETERA

Soccer: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss up to three weeks after straining a knee ligament in practice Tuesday. Playing in place of Rooney, Javier Hernandez scored in injury time Wednesday to lift Man U over Newcastle 4-3 and open a seven-point lead in the English Premier Leagues.

Damian Cristodero, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief 12/26/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:06pm]

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