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Manager Terry Francona said the eventual goal remains to have John Axford return to the closer's role.
Axford has not allowed an earned run in five consecutive relief appearances, nor has he allowed a hit or walk in his last three games. Despite the manager's pronouncement, he will have a tough time unseating Cody Allen, who has saved four straight games.ANALYST: Ivar G. Anderson
Marc Krauss went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Thursday in Toronto.
Krauss is hitting only .150 with a .350 slugging percentage after launching his first home run of the season. It was just his seventh game of the season, but there’s no doubt he’ll need to cut down on the strikeouts if he’s ever going to be able to showcase the decent pop he has. The left-handed hitter was called up from AAA to try and infuse some offense in Anaheim and was slugging .639 over his past 10 games. With Matt Joyce really struggling, expect Krauss to steal some of his at-bats over the next few weeks. Analysis: Kevin Luchansky