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Jordan Walden named Angels closer, but ...

Updated: April 6, 2011, 11:50 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
Last season more than a third of the Opening Day closers ended up being replaced at some point, because of injury, ineffectiveness or simply because the team's manager decided he wanted to make a change. Well, we're less than one week into the 2011 fantasy baseball season, and we have our first change: Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia wisely decided to move his best relief pitcher into the closer role, meaning Jordan Walden is the guy you want, and Fernando Rodney most certainly is not.

Not that this comes as any surprise. Rodney struggled in Sunday's game, walking the bases loaded against the Kansas City Royals before Wilson Betemit plated two runs with a screaming double to left-center field. Rodney allowed a hit, two runs and three walks while retiring one hitter, and it could/should have been worse; Kevin Jepsen escaped the jam and the game went to extra innings. Three days earlier, on Opening Day, Rodney allowed two baserunners before nailing down the save. So in two games, he sports a 13.50 ERA and has allowed six baserunners in 1 1/3 innings.

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