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Brewers | John Axford asked for closer role back

Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford approached manager Ron Roenicke last week and asked to have the closer role back. Roenicke agreed that Axford was ready to return to ninth-inning duties, so Axford was given the chance for the save opportunity Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Axford didn't disappoint. "You've still got to perform, and he knows that," general manager Doug Melvin said. "We've showed confidence in him, and he wants to do it. You saw last night, 97-98 mph. This isn't someone whose velocity has gone down. It's a matter of throwing strikes and gaining confidence. He showed the confidence to go in the office."

2012-08-22 12:31:26 | Source: MLB.com - Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende

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