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Bits: Closer situations surprisingly stable

8/30/2013

The closing situation for the Los Angeles Angels might seem up for reasonable debate, but rest assured that right-hander Ernesto Frieri is the preferred choice for manager Mike Scioscia. Yes, setup man Dane De La Rosa saved Tuesday’s victory, but only because Frieri had already been used in the eighth inning of a game the Angels trailed at the time, until they scored two runs off Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney in the top of the ninth. So in a way, this is all Rodney’s fault, right? Frieri saved Thursday’s win, although it was hardly seamless, but with seven consecutive scoreless innings since his last hiccup and only two walks against 10 strikeouts in that span, he’s back to an elite level.