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Marmol Running On Confidence

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Carlos Marmol has been perfect in his last 12 straight save opportunities, and though they may come with ninth inning drama, they have come with the help of renewed self-confidence.
``I think now it's all confidence,'' manager Dale Sveum said. ``He's been able to throw the fastball [for strikes] and he's getting swings and misses again. Now there's velocity when he throws strikes and he's getting back in counts. But his confidence has been at a high level.''
Marmol's early struggles were evident, and he was removed from the ninth inning role for a time in May, only to go on the disabled list May 12 with a pulled right hamstring.
Since his return, he has allowed runs in only two games. He has 13 saves overall in 15 opportunities.
In each of his last three appearances, he has faced four batters, giving up either a hit or a walk. But Sveum said the end results are what matters.
``He's done the job,'' he said. ``Look at any closer or any ninth inning. The winning run is going to get to the plate, whether it's a one run lead or a two run lead. A one-two-three inning in the last couple innings are hard to get. The guy on the mound is going to give up a hit.''
But a hit is preferable to a walk, Sveum added.
Marmol has allowed nine hits and seven walks in his nine July appearances, with 11 strikeouts.

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