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Your turn: Who should be the Orioles closer?

Before last night's loss to the Yankees, Buck Showalter had made all the right moves when managing the Orioles bullpen. He was playing the matchups, using his top relievers in key situations before the ninth inning and going with his gut in save situations.

But last night, Showalter's moves ended up looking like the wrong ones because Kevin Gregg blew a save opportunity in the ninth inning and Michael Gonzalez allowed the game-winning run in the tenth. The 6-5 loss was the Orioles' fourth straight.

Showalter is likely to stick with a closer-by-committee for now, mainly because he doesn't have a dominant closer on the roster. Gonzalez, who in his career was most successful working the eighth inning, doesn't have the moxie to be a closer. Gregg piled up the saves in Toronto, but his stuff isn't overwhelming. And Koji Uehara is so fragile, Showalter can't risk losing him for the long haul by having him pitch every night.

So I'm not going to second-guess Buck, but you can if you wish.

You tell me: Who should be the Orioles closer? (Remember to vote in the poll on the left.)

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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