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Closer

9. Oakland Athletics (8-4)

A’s Designate Struggling Reliever Jim Johnson For Assignment

The man who was supposed to close games for the A’s this year won’t even be on the team as the team makes its final playoff push.

07/24/2014

Taylor Swift (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift Brings Tegan And Sara On Stage

Taylor Swift brings Tegan And Sara on stage to perform their hit song “Closer” in front of a sold out crowd…

08/21/2013

Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Former Giants Closer Brian Wilson Reaches Deal With Dodgers

Closer Brian “The Beard” Wilson, who played such an integral role in the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series win, has chosen to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

07/30/2013

Relief pitcher Sergio Romo #54 of Mexico pitches against Italy during the ninth inning of the World Baseball Classic First Round Group D game. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Romo Blows Save, Takes Loss In WBC Opener For Mexico

Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning and Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to help Italy rally to beat Mexico 6-5 in the opening game of Pool D in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday.

03/07/2013

Grant Balfour #50 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning of an interleague game at AT&T Park on May 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  The San Francisco Giants defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-0.  (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

A’s Closer Grant Balfour To Have Knee Surgery

Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday afternoon.

02/14/2013

Romo Pitch

Giants’ Romo Won’t Face Charges For Las Vegas Run-In

Prosecutors are not filing charges against San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo after he was detained at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on New Year’s Day, team spokeswoman Shana Daum said Monday.

02/04/2013

9th Inning

Brian Wilson Works Out For Mets

New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson confirmed to the New York Post that he took a look Saturday at Wilson, but the general manager was “not sure” if he would make an offer to the former Giants closer.

01/14/2013

Tegan & Sara Fear Jolly ‘Old Saint Nick?'

Tegan & Sara Fear Jolly ‘Old Saint Nick?’

In a backstage interview at LIVE 105′s Not So Silent Night, Tegan & Sara revealed a secret Christmas phobia. The duo have “a natural distrust” of Santa Claus…

12/11/2012

Santiago Casilla #46 of the San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Once-Stable Giants Bullpen May Need Closer Help

Gone are Brian Wilson, Ramon Ramirez and Guillermo Mota of seasons past. The Giants currently rank 15th in bullpen ERA, a sharp drop-off from the last three seasons, where they finished second in MLB every season.

07/16/2012

Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 15, 2011 in Atlanta. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Giants Closer Wilson Admits He’s Likely To Miss Season

San Francisco’s bearded and boisterous closer said before Sunday’s series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates that he will probably have elbow-reconstruction surgery, ending his season after only 56 pitches.

04/16/2012

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