Posted April 07, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Carlos Marmol still believes in himself as a closer. It's hardly safe to say the Chicago Cubs feel the same way. Marmol failed to convert a save for the second time in three chances this week - this time giving up solo homers in the ninth inning to brothers B.J. and Justin Upton as the Cubs blew a four-run lead and lost 6-5 to the Atlanta Braves. ''I'm trying, I'm trying,'' Marmol said. ''I don't lack confidence. They're hitting my pitches, though.'' Only Chicago manager Dale Sveum knows which relief pitcher to try next. Kyuji Fujikawa, who bailed out Marmol to earn the save in Chicago's season-opening win at Pittsburgh, allowed three runs in the eighth that cut the lead to 5-4. Sveum plans to meet with his coaching staff and figure out a plan for the back of the bullpen. ''I think we're definitely going to talk about it now, but Fujikawa struggled, too,'' Sveum said. ''It was unfortunate.'...
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