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Soria's job not in jeopardy

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Soria's job not in jeopardy · Notes, Quotes · Roster Report

Joakim Soria has been far from perfect this season, but he will remain the Royals' closer.

Soria blew his third save in 10 opportunities Tuesday night in Kansas City's 5-3 loss at Baltimore, giving up three runs, including a walk-off home run to Adam Jones. The three blown saves match Soria's total from 2010, when he logged 43 saves.

Soria had never blown a save in seven opportunities against Baltimore before the Tuesday meltdown. In fact, he had never allowed the Orioles to score in 12 career appearances before they bunched two doubles and Jones' home run.

He has a 5.12 ERA this year after entering this season with a 2.01 ERA in 238 career appearances.

Despite the sordid numbers, manager Ned Yost insists Soria will remain his closer.

"There's no consideration -- Jack's the closer and that's just the way it is," Yost said before the Royals' 9-2 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

Yost also said Soria is healthy.

So the next time the Royals have a save situation in the ninth and the bullpen gate opens, Soria will come trotting out to the mound. Yost said that is not going to change.

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