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J.P. Howell has rough opening to his Dodgers' closing bid
J.P. Howell has rough opening to his Dodgers' closing bid

The bullpen was the Dodgers’ most challenging -- see, I can be polite -- area last season, and now with closer Kenley Jansen out perhaps the first six weeks of the season, it might be even more so in 2015. The Dodgers have more new arms in the bullpen than Scott Van Slyke has whiskers. How they all fit and emerge out of spring will be one of their biggest stories. Only now they not only have to identify their seven best relievers out of the 736 in camp, they have to find one to close. One candidate is left-hander J.P. Howell, who saved 17 games in 2009 for the Tampa Bay Rays when Andrew Friedman was their general manager. But in the Dodgers’ 7-4, split-squad victory over...

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