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Astros name Myers as Closer

With closer Brandon Lyon coming back from surgery and having traded Mark Melancon, Lyons fill in, to Boston Red Soxs, Manager Brad Mills has announced Brett Myers as the Astros closer.

During Myers’ first two seasons, Myers started 66 of 67 games with a 21-22 record while averaging 220 innings of work. New general manager Jeff Luhnow felt that with a strong stable of pitchers to replace the Myers innings, that converting the starter to the closer role would help to solidify the bullpen.

The Astros lost 28 games by one run last year and saved only 25 of 50 opportunities, which represents lowest total and worst percentage in the major leagues. After 2011’s 56-106 record, the Houston Astros are looking for a fresh start with the new ownership.

Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris and J.A. Happ are in Houston’s rotation with 37-year-old Livan Hernandez, a non-roster invitee, having the inside track to a fourth spot. Jordan Lyles, Lucas Harrell, Henry Sosa, Kyle Weiland and non-roster Zach Duke are among the pitchers competing for the fifth spot.