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Brad Brach again steps in seamlessly for injured Orioles closer Zach Britton

Brad Brach again steps in seamlessly for injured Orioles closer Zach Britton

You won't hear manager Buck Showalter officially anoint right-hander Brad Brach as the Orioles' interim closer while Zach Britton is on the disabled list. But you also won't find Showalter messing with success.

Brach has continued his commanding start to the season as the Orioles' primary setup man, transitioning to the closer role with the same precision, converting saves on three straight night -- most recently the Orioles’ 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday — retiring all nine batters he faced in the team’s past three games.

After those three scoreless innings, Brach has pitched nine scoreless relief innings this season, allowing just one hit and striking out 12...

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