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Boggs ran with his Wednesday save chance, working around a hit in a scoreless frame with one strikeout while throwing 12 of his 15 pitches for strikes. Though this isn't a coronation and there's still a chance they'll use Boggs earlier in games, pitching coach Dave Duncan called Boggs the favorite. He has the reins to solidify the ninth.
The flame-throwing righty has improved by leaps and bounds versus lefties, thanks in big part to his slider. If he keeps doing what he's doing in the ninth, Tony La Russa could easily make him the "unofficial official" closer as he did with Franklin in 2009.
Batista hasn't worked since Saturday and, since he's fresh, could at least see an opportunity if Boggs has been used on back-to-back days. He's still worth speculation.
Sanchez worked in the seventh and eighth innings; he might get the occasional 2011 closure, but don't expect him to run with the job given his minimal experience. On the bright side, the keeper commodity's dominance and ability to pitch multiple innings scream solid reliever contribution in deep leagues.
As for Franklin, Duncan will be examining the mechanics and approach in videos of the righty, who gave up a homer Wednesday and will have to show improvement to regain consideration for saves.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 5
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