• Angels turn to Smith over Frieri in closer role

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Apr 25, 2014
    Frieri has had a rough April, with a 9.35 ERA in 10 games. Frieri, who was charged with four runs, all earned, in Wednesday's 5-4, walk-off loss to the Nationals, has two blown saves, a 9.35 ERA and five homers allowed in 8 2/3 innings to start the season. Over the previous two years, Frieri acquired in a May 2012 trade with the Padres has posted a 3.07 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings and 60 saves, while ranking eighth in the Majors in save percentage. With Smith, signed to a three-year, $15.75 million contract over the offseason, taking over the ninth, the Angels will handle the setup duties by committee. Just as he's worked his way into the ninth-inning role from when we acquired him a couple years ago, he'll work his way back there. His worst appearance of the season came on Wednesday, when he allowed four runs in the ninth inning to blow the save in a 5-4 loss to the Nationals.
    Sources: ESPN.com MLB.com

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