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Jordan Walden removed as closer

Updated: April 27, 2012, 7:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia says Jordan Walden has been moved out of the closer's role and will be replaced by Scott Downs.

Walden blew the save in Thursday's loss 4-3 to Tampa Bay when he allowed a two-run, game-ending home run to Brandon Allen.

Walden has converted one of two save chances this season. The right-hander is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in six appearances.

Scioscia made the announcement before Friday night's game at Cleveland. He said ...

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