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Athletics | Grant Balfour won't be ousted as closer

Oakland Athletics RP Grant Balfour won't be demoted from the closer's role after blowing his second save chance in his last eight outings Wednesday, Sept. 18, according to manager Bob Melvin. "Everybody goes through some struggles over the course of a season," Melvin said. "I think actually the last three times out, he's pitched better. His command's been better, and that's what we look out of him." Balfour has given up nine runs and 13 hits while walking six and striking out seven in his last 10 appearances. However, RP Ryan Cook has also allowed three earned runs in his last four outings.

Fantasy Tip: As Melvin is doing, you should stick with Balfour if you need saves to put you over the top.

2013-09-20 10:21:55 | Source: MLB.com - Jane Lee

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