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Dodgers' Dave Roberts won't hesitate to use closer Kenley Jansen against the Nationals

Dodgers' Dave Roberts won't hesitate to use closer Kenley Jansen against the Nationals

Like most baseball-loving viewers on Tuesday, Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts had a question as he watched the final innings of the American League wild-card game: Where, exactly, was Baltimore’s All-Star closer Zach Britton?

Roberts expected to see him in the ninth inning. But Britton did not pitch the ninth, he did not pitch the 10th, and Britton watched from the bullpen as Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion pounded a game-winning home run.

Because the score was tied and the Orioles were on the road, Manager Buck Showalter was reticent to use his closer. Roberts sympathized with Showalter...

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