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Soria will remain Royals closer

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Soria will remain Royals closer · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

Right-hander Joakim Soria keeps blowing saves, but Royals manager Ned Yost is standing by his man.

Soria gave up a leadoff home run in the ninth to Nelson Cruz on Sunday to tie the game at 6-6. With two out, Elvis Andrus singled home Mike Napoli in the 7-6 Royals defeat.

It was Soria's fourth blown save in 11 chances. He has only one save since April 29.

Soria has never had more than three blown saves in a season prior to 2011 and has been an All-Star pick in two of the past three years. He has never struggled this mightily.

But if the Royals have a save situation Monday against the Angels, Yost says Soria will get the call.

"I'm not going to deny it's a struggle for him right now," Yost said after the loss Sunday. "He'll figure it out. He's an All-Star caliber guy."

Yost said Soria "is our best option" to close games.

Rookie righty Aaron Crow, who is from Topeka and was an All-Big 12 pitcher at Missouri, has been good, but he blew a save, too, Sunday, giving up a two-run homer to Michael Young in the eighth.

Yost said he thinks "it's a mistake" to mess around with the closer and other bullpen roles.

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