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Red Sox option Bard to Double-A Portland

BOSTON -- The Red Sox optioned reliever Daniel Bard to Double-A Portland to make room for closer Joel Hanrahan, who will likely be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game with Toronto.

Hanrahan (sore right hamstring) pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Pawtucket on a rehab assignment on Sunday and told the Providence Journal, "I feel like the thing that's been holding me back isn't holding me back anymore."

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Bard was removed from Saturday's game after just nine pitches, when he walked two straight batters, though he said he immediately found a mechanical flaw in his arm slot that should fix the problem.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato.

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