Aceves pitches for fourth straight day, gets save

Aceves pitches for fourth straight day, gets save

Aceves pitches for fourth straight day, gets save
BOSTON -- Alfredo Aceves might be a pitcher, but he considers himself an everyday player.

And with the Red Sox clinging to a two-run lead over the Tigers heading into the ninth inning on Wednesday night, out came the workhorse right-hander for a fourth straight day.

He reeled off a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save in Boston's 6-4 victory.

It was the second time in his career he has worked four straight days.

To Aceves, it was just part of his job.

"I don't think of that," said Aceves. "You just try to let it go and make things happen. I felt good."

Perhaps manager Bobby Valentine summed up Aceves best after the game, calling him a "pitching Pedroia".

"You just wind him up and say, 'Are you OK? [He says], 'I'm great.' He [was] throwing harder tonight than he's thrown the other [days] and with more control," said Valentine.

This stretch didn't start in easy fashion for Aceves, who blew the save on Sunday afternoon against the Rays when he gave up a two-run homer. The next day against the Tigers, he gave up another two-run homer.

But the last two days, he's gotten the job done.

Now that teams have gotten a read on him as a closer, Aceves said he's gone back to the drawing board a little.

"It's early," Aceves said. "It's almost the middle of the season, but I'm still working on stuff. It's not one way. You have to make an adjustment and be able to watch things and make it through."