Frank Francisco to become Rangers' closer

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KANSAS CITY, MO -- Frank Francisco does not have a career
save and is 0-for-6 in save opportunities this season, but he will
be the Texas Rangers closer for the remainder of this season.

With the Rangers trading closer Eddie Guardado to Minnesota
today for minor league right-hander Mark Hamburger, Francisco was
moved from the set up role to closer.

Rangers manager Ron Washington says -- quote -- "It was pretty
clear-cut for me that Frankie is the guy."

Francisco, a 28-year-old hard-throwing right-hander, is 2-5 with
a 3.78 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 22 walks in 52 1-3 innings.

Francisco says he believes he can be a closer.

He says he learned a lot from Guardado, who has 187 career
saves.




 
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