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Closers face different outcomes

Closers face different outcomes

Brian Sikorski is a closer now. John Madden is too. They had different outcomes to their debuts. Sean Thompson did not walk a single batter. Brent Carter was pounded into submission.

Portland won 6-4 over Colorado Springs (Rockies) Drafted in 1999, relief pitcher Erick Burke came to the plate in the seventh innings without a hit on his career ledger. One swing of the bat changed that as he recorded a triple and ended up scoring the winning run. Burke pitched two innings of scoreless ball to pick up his first win of the year, throwing 26 pitches and picking off a runner. He...

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