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Rauch can ably replace Nathan and save 30 games

Updated: March 9, 2010, 4:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
The report that Joe Nathan has a torn elbow ligament is awful news for both him and the Minnesota Twins, but unless you already drafted him or count on him in your keeper league, you shouldn't panic. He's a closer. Today, there are 30 closers, and by midseason, one-third of them will change. Yes, Nathan has been one of the best closers for the past six seasons, a rock at an often problematic position, but as always, someone else will step up. The Twins will survive. Fantasy baseball will survive.

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