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Washington keeping Wilson as closer

Washington keeping Wilson as closer

ARLINGTON -- First things first: There is no closer controversy in North Texas.

When left-hander Eddie Guardado dispatched the Seattle Mariners, recording three outs on nine pitches on Tuesday night, some eyebrows were raised.

After all, Guardado's first save as a Texas Ranger -- and 184th of his career -- came one night after closer C.J. Wilson had allowed the Mariners to score four runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Wilson has eight of Texas' 10 saves this season, in nine opportunities, and a 5.40 ERA. Guardado's season ERA also is 5.40. Joaquin Benoit, who has the Rangers' other save, is at 5.60.

Manager Ron Washington dismissed a question about whether Guardado might be ready to close Wednesday's game as well.

"I said in Spring Training that Eddie would get some opportunities to save ballgames," he said. "That might be a week from now, or it might be four or five days from now. I'm glad to have him.

"The situation is going to dictate. If C.J. can't go, Eddie is going to get the ball. If he's unavailable, then [Benoit] will get it."

Lary Bump is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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