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Angels' Joe Smith answers the call in his new setup as closer
Angels' Joe Smith answers the call in his new setup as closer

In his first game as the Angels' new closer, Joe Smith pitched the ninth inning with a three-run lead. In his second game, he pitched the ninth with a two-run lead. Pressure? He laughed at the thought. In five years as the setup man for the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, where the Detroit Tigers were the bullies on the block, Smith was the guy summoned when Miguel Cabrera came up and the Indians desperately needed a double play. "Bases loaded and one out, facing Miggy, or a three-run lead and pitch one inning?" Smith said. "I'll take the three-run lead and pitch one inning every day." Smith is expected to be in the closer's role...

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