Closers fail to impress on All-Star stage
SAN FRANCISCO -- Many times closers will tell you that when they enter a game and it's not a save situation, it's hard for them to mimic the adrenaline and feel for the way they normally pitch. In Tuesday night's All-Star Game -- in which the American League won 5-4 -- the closers, for the most part, didn't have to worry about the adrenaline, though the results were unfavorable for some of the game's top relievers."I made one bad pitch -- it was one mistake," said Milwaukee closer Francisco Cordero, who gave up a solo home run to Carl Crawford in the sixth inning. "Their hitters are good for a reason. But my mentality always stays the same. It's just part of the game -- I made a mistake."
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