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Los Angeles Dodgers pull Craig Kimbrel from closer role, will use committee approach

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LOS ANGELES — Craig Kimbel is out as closer for the major league-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. After months of defending him, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that going forward Kimbrel will be used in different innings and different situations over the final two weeks of the regular season.

He said no one is replacing Kimbrel in the ninth. «It might not be traditional, but I'm not too concerned about it,» Roberts said.

He was noncommittal about Kimbrel's situation in the postseason. The Dodgers (104-46) have already clinched the NL West title.

They'll open the playoffs at home on Oct. 11. Kimbrel has struggled in his first season in Los Angeles, where he replaced Kenley Jansen after the veteran closer signed with Atlanta in the offseason.

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