Clippard was tagged with the loss Friday against the Rays after allowing a run on two walks and a hit in one inning.

On the bright side, Clippard struck out the side in his one inning of work to improve his K/9 to an impressive 12.7, but the two walks were uncharacteristic and provided the Rays with the chance to take the lead for good in the eighth inning. With closer Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) expected to miss about a month, Clippard figures to slide into an eighth-inning role with the opportunity to be second in the pecking order for saves behind Dellin Betances.

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