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Although he has passed test so far, Orioles closer Tommy Hunter strives to be better
Although he has passed test so far, Orioles closer Tommy Hunter strives to be better

Before long, whether through a rising price tag or poor performance, a baseball team will eventually move to its next closer. The former is how Tommy Hunter replaced Jim Johnson at the back of the Orioles bullpen this year, but not before Johnson saved at least 50 games in back-to-back seasons and established himself in the ninth-inning role. Hunter knows it will take longer than a successful — and tense — month to earn the "proven closer" tag. And he knows that the first step in being a good closer is realizing that there's no such thing as a perfect one. "I think you can do better," Hunter said Thursday of his first month on the job. "I think...

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