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Smoltz activated, takes over as closer, blows save for Braves

Updated: June 2, 2008, 11:03 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- John Smoltz returned to the Atlanta Braves as a closer, hoping the role he had from 2001-04 will help him cope with an aching right shoulder and extend his career.

His first appearance didn't go like he wanted: Coming on in the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead against the Florida Marlins, he gave up a two-out, two-run single to Jeremy Hermida to blow the save Monday night.

Still, the Braves rallied for a 7-5 win. Jeff Francoeur scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of ...

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