Francisco Rodriguez has been a premier closer (perhaps the premier closer) in all of baseball over the last six years.áSince 2004, "K Rod" has saved 206 games and crafted a stunning 2.20 ERA during that span. Justin Maxwell has shown flashes of brilliance around his periods of ineptness, but hasn't indicated any real ability to become an everyday major leaguer. Since being recalled from "AA" Harrisburg in 2007, Maxwell has a 162-game average of just .245-13-26 with a .317 on-base percentage. So when Maxwell stepped into the box on Wednesday with the bases loaded and two outs, the fireworks should have been boxed up and stored away for 2010. Move on, folks; nothing to see here. Rodriguez, who has struck out 12 for every nine innings pitched, should have easily fanned Maxwell, who has struc ...
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