MIAMI (AP) -- While the home fans are down on struggling Miami Marlins closer Heath Bell, he still has the support of manager Ozzie Guillen.
Bell sat and watched the ninth inning Sunday, but only because his team trailed. Before the game, Guillen said Bell was still his closer, even after the three-time All-Star had to be yanked in the ninth inning from consecutive games.
"It's going to be very hard for us to win if Heath Bell is not our closer," Guillen said. "It's easier for everyone if this kid comes out and does what he has been doing in the past. We have to get him back on track, and we have to give him the confidence."
Bell has been a target of jeers from Miami fans much of this season, thanks to an ERA of 8.47. The Marlins newcomer began Sunday tied for the major league lead with four blown saves in 11 chances, and he failed to make it through the ninth inning Friday or Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.
In each game, a teammate replaced Bell to earn a harrowing s...