For Now, Boggs Getting Call in Ninth Inning

5 years 6 months 3 days ago April 25, 2011 Apr 25, 2011 Monday, April 25 2011 Monday, April 25, 2011 3:21:00 PM CDT in Sports
Source: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Hard-throwing Mitchell Boggs is 3 for 3 in save chances since the St. Louis Cardinals demoted Ryan Franklin last week. Heading into a six-game trip that begins Tuesday at Houston, manager Tony La Russa insists nothing has changed in the pecking order. The official line from the top: Franklin's responsibilities are still being reduced to help get him back on track.

La Russa is obviously saving Boggs for the last three outs but refuses to anoint the right-hander, who has eight consecutive scoreless appearances since allowing two runs on opening day. Boggs can be intimidating with a mid-90s fastball and has 15 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings, better fitting the typical closer mold than the 38-year-old Franklin.

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