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Johnson back in action
The Baltimore Orioles welcomed Jim Johnson back to his first game action since April 22. He threw a 1-2-3 non-save frame with three groundouts and said he was eating and feeling more like normal; his pants are fitting "a bit looser" after a bout with food poisoning.
Though Buck Showalter said he wouldn't avoid throwing Johnson back into fireman chances, Pedro Strop could still see another closing opp or two this week while Johnson works back into game form.
Joe Nathan is riding high. The Texas Rangers' stopper registered a 1-2-3 frame with a K on Monday to register his sixth save of the season. He hasn't allowed an earned run in his last seven games. Some credit must go to his increasing use of two-seamers, which has curtailed his fly-ball and homer allowance. Getting back about 1 mph on his four-seamer doesn't hurt, either.
A small blemish on an otherwise fine season for Brandon League: his Monday night blown save (giving up a run in the 11th) and loss (yielding the game-ender in the 12th). He needed to eat a second frame in an extras affair for the Seattle Mariners and doesn't deserve any downgrade in job security because of it.
Brad Lidge underwent successful surgery to repair a hernia. He'll be ready to throw in about three weeks and will need some time to shape up after that. Henry Rodriguez remains Washington Nationals closer with Drew Storen (elbow) also on the shelf.
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