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Mujica anointed A's new closer

MLB.com Reporter @JaneMLB

LOS ANGELES -- A's manager Bob Melvin appointed right-hander Edward Mujica as his new closer Tuesday, one day after the trade of Tyler Clippard to the Mets.

"He's got the most experience doing it," Melvin said.

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LOS ANGELES -- A's manager Bob Melvin appointed right-hander Edward Mujica as his new closer Tuesday, one day after the trade of Tyler Clippard to the Mets.

"He's got the most experience doing it," Melvin said.

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Mujica, who has a 3.68 ERA in 16 appearances for the A's since his May trade from the Red Sox, compiled 37 saves for the Cardinals in 2013, his only other stint as a full-time closer.

The right-hander will have several setup men behind him, including right-hander Fernando Rodriguez and left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz, who will also remain an option to pitch multiple innings.

Melvin said he thought about utilizing Pomeranz in the ninth inning "real briefly, but I like where he's at now," he said.

Pomeranz, who carried a 4.63 ERA in nine games as a starter, entered Tuesday's matchup against the Dodgers with a 1.40 ERA in 21 appearances out of the bullpen.

Right-hander R.J. Alvarez was called up from Triple-A Nashville to join the A's bullpen in time for the game, taking the roster spot of Clippard. Alvarez, who posted a 13.00 ERA in 10 appearances over his first two stints with the A's this year, had five saves with a 4.13 ERA in 21 games for the Sounds.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB and listen to her podcast.

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