The Boston Red Sox acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Boston also received minor league infielder Brock Holt. The Red Sox gave up reliever Mark Melancon and three prospects -- pitcher Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands.

Hanrahan was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves in 2012.

Boston manager John Farrell said Hanrahan will be the closer, although "we see Andrew (Bailey) playing a very important role."

The Red Sox also announced the signing of Stephen Drew, 29, who agreed to a one-year deal last week. The $9.5 million contract was contingent on the former A's shortstop passing a physical.

  • Texas said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, 35, signed a $7.75 million, one-year deal. He hit .278 with 77 RBIs and a career-high 27 homers for the Chicago White Sox last season.

  • Seattle announced its $2.75 million, one-year deal with outfielder Raul Ibanez, returning the veteran to where he began his major league career in 1996. Ibanez, 40, hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs for the New York Yankees in 2012.

  • The wife of former Atlanta outfielder Andruw Jones accused him of dragging her down a staircase, grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her, according to police records. A police report said the fight occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day in their suburban Atlanta home. Jones was free on bond. The report said Jones was intoxicated. He has a $3.5 million, one-year deal with Tohoku Rakuten of the Japanese League.

  • Former All-Star closer Ugueth Urbina, 38, was released unexpectedly from a Venezuelan prison after serving more than 5½ years for attempted murder. He was given a 14-year sentence in March 2007 after being accused of attacking workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at his family's ranch.

    Colleges

    Ryan Radcliff threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Wilson with 5:11 left, lifting Central Michigan (7-6) to a 24-21 win over Western Kentucky (7-6) in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit. Lance Guidry, coaching the Hilltoppers on an interim basis before Bobby Petrino takes over, played for the win on fourth-and-2 from the 19 with 51 seconds left, but Kawaun Jakes threw incomplete.

  • Former Cal lineman Brian Schwenke and cornerback Marc Anthony will play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 26.

  • Georgia defensive lineman John Jenkins, projected as a first-round NFL draft pick, is academically ineligible for the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla.

  • Creighton senior Josh Jones is quitting basketball because of a heart condition. He fainted before the Dec. 6 game at Nebraska and underwent surgery 12 days later to fix an atrial flutter. Doctors advised him to give up basketball.

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal's return to competition was delayed by a stomach virus. He was scheduled to play in an exhibition in Abu Dhabi on Thursday after missing seven months because of knee tendinitis. "My knee feels good," Nadal said.

  • Art Larsen, a national tennis champion whose career was cut short by a near-fatal motor scooter accident, died Dec. 7 in San Leandro. He was 87. His death was reported by the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.

    Miscellany

    Tottenham says American goalie Brad Friedel, 41, signed a new contract through 2014. He joined the English Premier League club in June 2011.

  • Shi'ah Sand, a 4-year-old filly with just one win in 33 previous starts, scored at 131-to-1 odds on opening day of Golden Gate Fields' winter/spring meet. Ridden by Pedro Flores, Shi'ah Sand won the six-furlong race for $4,000 claimers by 13/4 lengths in 1:12.65. There's no live racing at the track Thursday.

    The New York Times and wire services contributed to this report.