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McAdam: Rare, strong night from Red Sox bullpen offers hope

Every once in a while, there's a glimpse of what the Red Sox are hoping to do with their bullpen. Every once in a while, you get the sense that maybe, just maybe, it might work out.

Friday -- a mess of a night with a two-hour and four-minute rain delay interrupting things after five innings -- was one of those nights.

Starter Eduardo Rodriguez pitched five strong innings, but following the long delay, wasn't about to come back out when play resumed. That forced Alex Cora into yet another night in which he needed more outs from his bullpen than he would have liked.

Sound familiar?

This time, it wasn't anyone's fault. Rodriguez might have been able to get them into the seventh. But then the rain changed everything.