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Orioles | Jim Johnson blows another

Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson leads the American League with 39 saves this year, but he's also blown nine saves, including two in each of the last two nights. Johnson has five losses stemming from those nine blown saves, and he's lost two others he entered when the score was tied. The Orioles' bullpen is 20-18 overall, with Johnson sitting at 3-7. Johnson blew four saves in six outings in May but then rattled off 12 straight save conversions and gave up just one run over 14 outings. It looks like manager Buck Showalter will continue to stick with Johnson for now.

Fantasy Tip: Perhaps the reason Showalter hasn't demoted Johnson from the closer's role is because of the lack of proven closing options in the bullpen. Tommy Hunter has pitched extremely well in relief this year and is probably the most deserving of the opportunity if Showalter decides to shake things up at this juncture.

2013-08-15 08:31:06 | Source: ESPN.com - David Schoenfield

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