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Joe Nathan Out As Closer for the Minnesota Twins

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 12: Joe Nathan #36 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the ninth inning of their game on April 12, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twins defeated the Royals 4-3 in ten innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIApril 17, 2011

According to Neal LaVelle of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, via Twitter, the Minnesota Twins have replaced Joe Nathan as closer, with Matt Capps now taking on closing duties.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson met with Nathan after the game and told him they would put him in less stressful situations.

Nathan blew his second save in a row last night against the Tampa Bay Rays and has an 8.44 ERA in 5.1 innings in 2011. The velocity on his fastball is down about four MPH (95 to 91) from 2009.

Capps and his 4.50 ERA and 3.4 K/9 hasn’t been much better than Nathan, but Gardenhire is hoping a change in roles will help both pitchers.

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