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K-Rod loses in arbitration, still tied for highest salary decision

Updated: February 22, 2008, 4:52 PM ET
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- This time, the Los Angeles Angels got the save: $2.5 million.

The Angels beat All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez in salary arbitration Friday, and he will receive $10 million this season rather than his request for $12.5 million.

The 26-year-old Rodriguez, whose 132 saves over the past three years are the most in the majors, took the arbitration defeat in stride.

"It's a situation you can't control. In the meantime, I'm happy because I'm here and I've just got ...

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