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Brewers | John Axford pitching better

Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford has pitched effectively in four middle-relief outings, and he's given up two hits in 3 1/3 inning with one walk since being removed from the closer role July 17. Axford will eventually return to the closer role, and RP Francisco Rodriguez blew a three-run lead in the ninth Monday, July 23. "I don't want to just look at one side of it. I want to look at what's best for Ax to get him back in that role," manager Ron Roenicke said. "When we get Ax to where we think he's back to where he was, we'll slide him back in that role. So it really doesn't necessarily depend on what's going on with Frankie." Keeping his fastball down in the zone has been key to Axford's recent success. He didn't throw one curve Monday and was able to get his slider over for strikes.

2012-07-24 16:53:35 | Source: MLB.com - Jake Kaplan

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