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Struggling Soria loses job as closer

After blowing three saves in a week, Joakim Soria has lost his job as Kansas City’s closer.

Soria, who has been the Royals’ closer since halfway through his rookie season in 2007, allowed three runs and four hits, including a two-run homer by Torii Hunter, in a 10-8 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

Manager Ned Yost had been standing by Soria, but after his latest debacle, Yost said he would use rookie Aaron Crow, who has a 1.33 ERA in 22 appearances, as his closer “for the time being.”

“He had a rough road trip. I wanted to give him one more opportunity,” Yost said. “I take full responsibility. That was my decision. That’s not Jack’s fault. That’s my fault. I’m the manager and make those pitching decisions. I wanted to give Jack another opportunity to see if he could go out and get over the hump.”

Soria, who blew a save Sunday at Texas, has one save in five opportunities in May. He failed to hold an 8-7 lead Monday.

Soria (3-3) saved 43 games in 46 opportunities last season and has been an All-Star in two of the past three years. He has a 6.55 ERA after blowing five saves in 12 opportunities this season.

“It’s the right time to do it,” Soria said. “… I know I can do this. I’m the type of person who never gives up. This is not a give-up. This is the time to take a break and try to figure out what’s going on.”

REYES ON BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on the bereavement list by the New York Mets.

Reyes found out Monday afternoon that his grandmother died. He flew home to the Dominican Republic. Reyes will be out three to seven days, according to bereavement list rules. The Mets said they are not sure how long he will be away from the team.

SHORT HOPS

Former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda is recovering at home from a bacterial infection that caused the 83-year-old to be hospitalized for four days. … The Pirates placed catcher Ryan Doumit (left ankle sprain) and infielder Steve Pearce (right calf strain) on the 15-day disabled list and transferred pitcher Ross Ohlendorf (shoulder) from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Doumit is a 1999 graduate of Moses Lake High School and the brother of former University of Puget Sound player Pete Doumit. … Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano left the game against the Astros after straining his left quadriceps after trying to beat out a grounder in the first inning. … Minnesota left-hander Francisco Liriano is headed to the 15-day DL with inflammation of his throwing shoulder. ... Outfielder Matt Holliday returned to the Cardinals’ lineup after missing six starts with a left quadriceps injury. … The White Sox purchased the contracts of right-handed pitchers Brian Bruney and Jeff Marquez from Triple-A Charlotte and designated infielder Dallas McPherson for assignment. … Authorities said a small, pre-dawn fire occurred at Dodger Stadium in the same storage area where a blaze broke out Saturday night.

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