Heath Bell close to closing again

Updated: August 8, 2012, 7:41 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Heath Bell is close to getting his job back as the Miami Marlins' closer.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said Bell has pitched well enough in a reduced role to merit another shot at the ninth inning. The three-time All-Star signed a $27 million, three-year contract with Miami last December but had struggled so badly in his first season with the Marlins that he was replaced as the team's closer.

Bell is 2-5 with a 5.36 ERA and 19 saves in 25 opportunities. Pitching earlier in the ...

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