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Ryan Franklin loses Cards' closer role

Updated: April 20, 2011, 11:25 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals have bumped Ryan Franklin out of the closer's role after four blown saves early in the season.

Manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday that changing Franklin's responsibilities might help the 38-year-old right-hander get back on track. He didn't say who might replace Franklin in the ninth, but the top candidate probably is Mitchell Boggs.

"I think the thing to do is watch the game and see who comes out there," La Russa said. "We can talk about ...

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