Luke Gregerson officially named Astros’ closer

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From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart comes word that Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Tuesday in camp that right-hander Luke Gregerson will open the 2015 regular season as the team’s closer.

Gregerson figured to get the job after signing a three-year, $18.5 million free agent contract with Houston in early December and he pitched well enough this spring to fend off any potential competition.

The 30-year-old posted a terrific 2.12 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over 72 1/3 innings last season for the A’s.