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Closers regaining jobs

Balfour, Thayer appear set for saves again; Axford re-emerges for Brewers

Updated: August 23, 2012, 3:16 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Let's tell the tale of two new closers, one who should be and one who shouldn't be.

The one who should: Grant Balfour of the Oakland Athletics, who despite having actually lost said closer's job earlier this season ranks among the most productive late-inning relievers of 2012. Combining saves and holds, Balfour's 27 rank 16th in the majors, and his 93.1 percent success rate (converted save or hold) ranks 12th-best among relievers with at least 20 opportunities.

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