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Dale Thayer could keep closer gig a while

Updated: May 14, 2012, 6:15 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

The first time fantasy owners were introduced to right-hander Dale Thayer was likely back in 2009. That March, Thayer seemed to at least be in the running for the Tampa Bay Rays' closer role, since at the time he boasted five different minor league seasons of 20 or more saves. However, Thayer didn't make the team and ended up in Triple-A Durham. He saved his first big league game for the Rays in May that season, but it was one of those misleading three-inning jobs in a 15-2 blowout win. Left-hander J.P. Howell led the Rays in saves and Thayer pretty much disappeared from the fantasy radar screen until … last week.

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