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  1. Could Ventura and Maddon have simply recognized that the best reliever on your team shouldn’t necessarily close? Ventura can now use Thornton, Reed and Crain anywhere he wants to, rather than saving them for 1-3 run leads in the ninth.

    Comment by theeiffeltower — April 9, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  2. I think that’s certainly a chance, and I would support that type of decision-making. Either way, for fantasy purposes those are the guys to own.

    Comment by Ben Duronio — April 9, 2012 @ 11:25 am

  3. I don’t believe that Joe Maddon named Fernando Rodney as his temporary closer. Maddon is quoted at http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/tampa-bay-rays-dh-luke-scott-expected-to-miss-minimal-time-with-hamstring/1224123 saying “It just happened to be his moment based on matchups.”

    Comment by Detroit Michael — April 9, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  4. As a Sox fan I was extremely pleased Robin went with someone other than the easy media-friendly choice of Thornton. Santiago might not pan out, but at least Robin is not a robot.

    Comment by west — April 9, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  5. Good catch, looking more in depth into it, Rodney did come in late in both — though it doesn’t look like Ibanez is a situational matchup in his favor. It’s worth keeping track of.

    Comment by Ben Duronio — April 9, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  6. also probably worth mentioning that Santiago is SP eligible in Ottoneu

    Comment by theeiffeltower — April 9, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  7. There hasn’t been any official announcements per se, but those chasing the Tampa Bay short relief situation have little choice but to scurry to procure Fernando Rodney’s services at this point. If the pendulum flips back to Joel Peralta, they’ll have to react accordingly at that time.

    Comment by Betty Childs — April 9, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  8. Missed a typo there. “certailny” in the third line of the third paragraph.

    Comment by Bluebomb — April 9, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  9. Or maybe Ventura is a puppet and Kenny Williams instructed him to use Santiago. If you can make an assumption one way it can work the other way, too

    Comment by Shaun Catron — April 10, 2012 @ 3:43 am

  10. You are correct.
    http://www.csnchicago.com/baseball-chicago-whitesox/whitesox-talk/Williams-explains-bullpen-setup?blockID=688732&feedID=621

    Comment by JorgeFabregas — April 14, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

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