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Joakim Soria out as closer

One day after manager Ned Yost said Joakim Soria would remain Royals' closer, Soria has been removed from the role and replaced by Aaron Crow. Soria blew his third consecutive save and took the loss against the Angels today.

In his last 3 1/3 innings, Soria has allowed 11 hits, nine runs, with three home runs, no walks and seven strikeouts. The blown save today was his fifth of the season in 12 chances and he has a 6.55 ERA. Soria has been one of the best closers the past few seasons. He had 43 saves in 46 chances last season.

Soria hasn't been right with a significant decrease in his strikeout rate and rise in walk rate. He has allowed four home runs in 22 innings. He allowed four in 65 2/3 innings last season.

Crow, a rookie, has a 1.33 ERA in 22 games. In 27 innings, Crow has an 8.67 K/9, 3.00 BB/9, and a 1.33 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He averages 95 m.p.h. with his fastball.

Pick up Crow in all leagues, but hold on to Soria. It wouldn't be shocking if he gets the job back soon.

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