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Matt Albers
Angels' bullpen has to know how to hold them
Angels' bullpen has to know how to hold them

There are saves and blown saves for closers and holds for setup men, but there is no formal measure for the performance of those less-heralded relievers who enter with their team trailing by a few runs and hold the score, giving their offense a chance to come back. There should be. Managers often talk of the importance of holding late-inning leads and building a bridge between the starter and closer, but as the Angels have been reminded in the first two weeks, it's just as important to hold slim deficits. "It's huge," Angels setup man Joe Smith said. "When I was in Cleveland, you'd hear we had this many come-from-behind wins. That means the hitters came up...