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Early preview of 2012 closer situations

Updated: September 8, 2011, 3:19 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Stability -- not a word typically used when describing the position -- was the name of the game among closers this season.

Thirteen relievers began the season as their team's closer and kept the job the entire season, recording at least 80 percent of their team's saves, and 10 of those 13 have at least 30 saves. Seven others, each of whom was projected to lead his team in saves, have notched at least 25, two of those seven recording at least 80 percent of their teams' saves.

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