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Orioles and White Sox both traded away closers, but only one worked out
Orioles and White Sox both traded away closers, but only one worked out

The beating the Orioles put on the Chicago White Sox bullpen Monday night — five runs in the eighth inning off three relievers with ERAs over five — was born of the same offseason strategy that the Orioles took with their bullpen. Both teams traded away their proven closers — Jim Johnson from Baltimore, and Addison Reed from Chicago. Both tried to essentially piece it together with what they had. Only one succeeded. The Orioles success in that department, and the lack of it in Chicago, is a big reason why the White Sox, who like the Orioles are in the top-10 in offense in several categories, are seven games under .500 while the Orioles are flying high, 7.5 games ahead...

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