Kenley Jansen named Dodgers closer

USA TODAY Sports

In a repeat of 2012, Jansen began the season as setup man but eventually worked his way up into the closer role.

The most obvious move imaginable came to fruition for the Dodgers, as manager Don Mattingly named Kenley Jansen as his closer over Brandon League, telling reporters before Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks. League allowed four runs in the ninth inning to lose Monday's game, his fourth blown save of the season.

Jansen is 1-3 with a 2.53 ERA, two saves, 44 strikeouts and just six walks in 32 innings this season. Jansen saved 25 games in 2012 after also beginning the season as a setup man.

Mattingly said he would use different pitchers to get to Jansen in the ninth inning based on matchups, per J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News. Though Mattingly didn't sound too confident in his setup options, telling reporters, "That's a great question," per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

As noted by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Mattingly didn't want to make the announcement of his closer change in the heat of the moment "12 minutes after the game" on Monday.

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Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: KCAL

MLB Gameday

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