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Jim Johnson picked up his second win in as many nights with two scoreless innings against the Angels on Tuesday. He allowed one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Johnson has now pitched five scoreless innings of relief since being removed from the closer role last week, having allowed only three baserunners over that span. Although the Athletics will continue to use a closer-by-committee approach, if Johnson can put together a few more outings like this in tough situations then they may be singing a different tune sooner than later.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

16 Apr, 06:57 AMSource

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win in his team's 3-2 victory over the Angels Monday.

Although the Athletics have removed Johnson from his closer duties, the team still feels he can regain the job if he can work out the kinks that forced their hand last week. If he puts together a few more outings like this we may see him back in the ninth inning, although he would be on an even shorter leash than what he was on to start the year.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

15 Apr, 08:41 AMSource

Jim Johnson is out as the A's closer for now. Sean Doolittle or Luke Gregerson would be the likely successors.

Slightly surprising move here, but considering that Johnson has given up seven runs in 3.1 innings this year and blew another save opportunity on Wednesday, manager Bob Melvin needed to do something. The team will move forward with a "closer-by-committee" approach so while Gregerson and Doolittle will be part of the action, Ryan Cook and even Dan Otero will be a part of the mix. Melvin will choose based on the situation, handedness and who pitched the day before.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

10 Apr, 11:35 AMSource

Jim Johnson picked up his first save of the season Sunday as he pitched a scoreless ninth allowing one hit, one walk, and struck out two.

After taking a loss in his first two appearances of the season, Johnson got back on track to earn his first save as a member of the Athletics. However, it wasn't the cleanest of outings, allowing two more baserunners before shutting the door on the Mariners. Outside of the saves category, Johnson is going to hurt you more than he will help you if his recent trends continue.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

7 Apr, 02:06 AMSource

Jim Johnson threw a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday against the Mariners to earn his first save of the season.

6 Apr, 11:08 PMSource

Jim Johnson is expected to be unavailable Thursday.

While Johnson has blown literally and figuratively to start the season (five runs over his first two appearances 0-2 W/L with a blown save) he has not lost his spot as the team's closer, yet. Johnson is just getting the day off as he has had made two consecutive appearances that resulted in him throwing more pitches then normal.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

3 Apr, 07:23 PMSource

Jim Johnson struggled in his the second consecutive appearance as he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks to pick up his second loss of the season and his first blown save.

Johnson has allowed five runs over his first two appearances with his new team, but A's manager Bob Melvin said Johnson is still his guy. There is no clear cut favorite to replace Johnson should Melvin change his mind but I'm putting my money on Sean Doolittle. (I drafted him in most every league as I anticipated these struggles from Johnson).
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

3 Apr, 02:03 AMSource

Jim Johnson failed in his first appearance with the A's as he allowed two runs on two hits and two walks lasting just 0.1 of an inning as he took the loss Monday.

Jim was, well a big Johnson Monday as he failed miserably in the top of the 9th inning with game scoreless. While Johnson hit the half-century mark in saves for the second consecutive season last year he blew a MLB leading nine saves. While others may jump on the Luke Gregerson bandwagon do not count out Sean Doolittle as the next possible RP in line to close for the A's.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

1 Apr, 04:01 AMSource

Athletics agree to terms with pitcher Jim Johnson on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

16 Jan, 07:27 PMSource

Athletics acquire Jim Johnson from Orioles for second baseman Jemile Weeks.

Reportedly the A's will also receive a player to be named later, as well. Johnson had some struggles last season as he blew nine saves, but is one of just two closers in MLB history to have back-to-back 50 saves seasons.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

3 Dec, 12:37 AMSource

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