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A's DFA ex-closer Jim Johnson

Updated: July 25, 2014, 6:52 PM ET
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday's 13-1 win against the Houston Astros.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.

Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team's closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job.

He allowed four runs on three hits without retiring a batter in Wednesday night's ...

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