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Baseball notes: Cincinnati Reds activate closer Aroldis Chapman
Baseball notes: Cincinnati Reds activate closer Aroldis Chapman

The Cincinnati Reds activated reliever Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game against Colorado, and Manager Bryan Price said the hard-throwing left-hander would move immediately back into the closer role. Chapman had surgery March 20, a day after being struck in the left eye and nose by a line drive during a spring training game. Jonathan Broxton converted five of six save chances in his absence. Etc. John Axford was demoted from the Cleveland Indians' closer role. Manager Terry Francona said Axford, 1-3 with a 4.91 earned-run average and nine saves in 11 chances, would be replaced by a four-man group that includes Cody Allen, Scott Atchison,...

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