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Jordan Walden sure looked like a closer in his first attempt of the season, hurling a perfect ninth frame yesterday. Ten of his 13 pitches went for strikes. Twelve were fastballs. In his four appearances, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim righty has allowed just one hit, and six of his 10 outs recorded have been whiffs.
Where's Walden? Closing
"If this lasts the whole season and Jordan takes off and runs with it, fine," manager Mike Scioscia said. Walden has the stuff to do it. Hope you hopped on board.
- The San Francisco Giants activated Brian Wilson (oblique) from the disabled list Wednesday. Do the same for your lineup.
- Joe Nathan's second save chance was much smoother than his first. In cold, windy Bronx conditions, the Minnesota Twins' stopper posted a 1-2-3 frame, including a K. His heat remained at around 90 mph, but he didn't lean on his curveball like he did Sunday (19 of 31 pitches), instead using his slider more. Regaining confidence and effectiveness in the latter is vital to rediscovering his old self.
- With Brian Fuentes unavailable due to a blister for the last few days, Grant Balfour came on in the 10th Tuesday for a save chance. In six pitches, he allowed a single and the game-losing round-tripper. The Oakland Athletics hope Fuentes will be back Wednesday, if not soon after, to continue as the main fill-in for Andrew Bailey (forearm), with Balfour and others still secondary options.
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