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Scioscia: Angels will look for matchups in 9th

Posted on: September 15, 2009 7:24 pm
 
BOSTON -- Brian Fuentes leads the major leagues with 41 saves, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia admitted Tuesday that the way he uses his closer is "evolving."

What that means is that Scioscia plans to continue to giving Kevin Jepsen some ninth-inning responsibilities, but that Fuentes remains the closer and won't pitch before the ninth.

"It's evolved into we're going to look at matchups when they're available," Scioscia said. "If matchups are available, we're going to look at it. If not, we have every confidence that Brian will get us a clean inning and get it done."

Fuentes is 41 for 47 in save opportunities, but his 4.10 ERA is the second-worst among closers with probable playoff teams (Brad Lidge of the Phillies is at 7.18). Fuentes has a 5.60 ERA in the second half of the season, and Scioscia has replaced him in the middle of a save chance four times since July 27.

Sunday, Scioscia left the right-handed Jepsen in the game to begin the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead, with right-handed hitting Alex Rios leading off. After Jepsen retired Rios, with left-handed hitting A.J. Pierzynski coming up, Scioscia called on the left-handed Fuentes, who stayed in and got the save.

Scioscia said he plans to continue using Jepsen in the seventh and eighth innings, and will only leave him in to start the ninth on days when he doesn't throw many pitches before the ninth.
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