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Cubs Remove Rafael Dolis As Closer

Rafael Dolis' turn as closer of the Chicago Cubs was a short one, as manager Dale Sveum has removed the young Dominican after he allowed a hit, walked two batters and eventually brought the winning run home for the Pirates with a HBP in Saturday night's 3-2 loss. Sveum told reporters that he doesn't know where he'll turn next, but all signs point to Jeff Russell, who has been arguably the most consistent Cubs reliever this year.

Sveum, at this point, is just looking for a closer who can come in and not walk or hit anyone:

"If something happens, it's going to be because (the opposition) hit the ball, not losing the back end of these games because of walks," Sveum said. "That's the most frustrating thing about this... Nobody is really hitting the ball or doing things. We're imploding by walking guys and hitting guys."

(via The Chicago Tribune)

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