Rangers' Keone Kela: Earns win Saturday
Kela (1-0) walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the victory in Saturday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Astros.
Manager Jeff Banister bucked conventional wisdom by bringing his closer into a tie game on the road and it paid off in a win for the Rangers and Kela. Slowly, a new breed of manager is eroding ingrained baseball orthodoxy with respect to bullpens. Whether that be what Banister did Saturday or having closers enter when a game is at its most crucial point -- be that the seventh or eighth inning -- the reliever anointed as a team's closer will get slightly fewer save opportunities over the course of a season.
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