Found May 07, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
Kenley Jansen will replace Javy Guerra as the Dodgers closer, Manager Don Mattingly announced before his teams series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Its not a move you want to make, Mattingly said. In his last five appearances, Guerra was 0-2 and has blown two of this three save opportunities. His earned-run average in that span was 13.50. "I still have a lot of confidence," Guerra said. "Right now, we have to win ballgames. Ill take the blame for five or six games. Its my fault. I cant blame anyone." Mattingly said Guerra was understanding when he informed him of the decision earlier in the day. Jansen is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 16 appearances. He has 27 strikeouts in 16 23 innings, an average of 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings. Jansen averaged 16.1 strikeouts per nine innings last year to set an all-time major league record. --Dylan Hernandez

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