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Cubs remove Marmol from closer role

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CHICAGO (AP)

Cubs manager Dale Sveum says he has decided to take Carlos Marmol out of the closer's role.

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Sveum says he talked to Marmol in his office on Friday morning, and the right-hander understood the decision. The first-year manager says he plans to close games by committee for now, featuring right-hander Rafael Dolis and left-hander James Russell.

The move comes one day after a particularly embarrassing blown opportunity in Cincinnati, when Marmol issued three walks and failed to record an out as the Cubs blew a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning.

Marmol is 0-1 with two saves in four chances and an ugly 6.23 ERA in 12 games this season.

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