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Frieri loses Angels closer job; Smith takes over

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Ernesto Frieri has lost his job as Los Angeles Angels closer - at least for a while.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia says setup man Joe Smith will step into the stopper role until Frieri works out his problems beginning Friday night when the Angels play the New York Yankees.

The move comes two days after Frieri allowed four runs and three hits while failing to protect a lead for the Angels in a loss at Washington. It was his second blown save this season in four chances.

Frieri is 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in 10 appearances this year. He's allowed five home runs.

Smith is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA, but 10 of his 11 appearances have been scoreless. He has three career saves.

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