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Whispers: Cardinals believe they have closer in Motte

Whispers The Cardinals are thrilled with the job Jason Motte has done as their closer. He tentatively has been written in for the job in 2012, keeping them from having to go outside the organization to get that piece. … The Red Sox are hoping Clay Buchholz, like Josh Beckett, can bounce back from injury in time to make at least one start before their playoff plans have to be set. Buchholz is recovering from a stress fracture in his back, however, and looks like a long shot to pitch again in 2011. There's not believed to be anything physically wrong with Daniel Bard, but the setup man has become a huge problem. Terry Francona believes he can get the struggling Bard right....

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