Isringhausen ready to step up as closer

At 38 years old, Izzy proves he's still ready to rock the ninth inning for the Mets

Updated: July 20, 2011, 8:42 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The only other time Jason Isringhausen produced a save for the New York Mets, he tossed three innings in a 10-0 rout of the Montreal Expos. That was on July 6, 1999. Orel Hershiser was the starting pitcher for the Amazin's.

Last week's trade of Francisco Rodriguez left a vacancy in the closer's role, though. And while manager Terry Collins plans to offer Bobby Parnell and Pedro Beato opportunities to close as well to audition for 2012, the 38-year-old Isringhausen received ...

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