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06/14/2013 08:48 am ET

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On Tuesday night, in the bottom of the ninth inning, Jim Johnson found himself in a spot of trouble. That, in and of itself, is nothing remarkable for the closer of the Baltimore Orioles, who has recently found himself on shakier ground than in his rock-solid 2012; so it goes with relief pitchers. Handed a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim going into the ninth inning and the chance for his 23rd save of the year, Johnson had induced a pop-out from ninth-place hitter Peter Bourjos and a weak groundout from Mike Trout handled niftily by Manny Machado, then got two strikes on Josh Hamilton before allowing him to double to right field.

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