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Carlos Marmol out as Cubs closer

Updated: May 4, 2012, 2:35 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum informed Carlos Marmol Friday that he is out as the closer, a day after the struggling reliever blew a 3-0 ninth-inning lead in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Sveum said he will use a combination of left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis to close games for now.

"I called (Marmol) into the office and told him he is not the closer right now," Sveum said before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. "We will ...

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