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Greg Holland named official closer for Diamondbacks

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The Diamondbacks have announced that Greg Holland will serve as the team’s official closer to start the season. That comes as a bit of a surprise as Holland pitched just 3 2/3 innings this spring, yielding five runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Archie Bradley was considered to be the favorite to be the closer. However, as The Athletic’s Zach Buchanan notes, Bradley will still pitch in high-leverage situations. Closers aren’t always pitching in the toughest spots or against the most fearsome part of the opposing lineup, so the titles don’t mean a whole lot in today’s game outside of contract negotiations and arbitration hearings.

Holland, 33, signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the D-Backs on February 1. He split last season between the Cardinals and Nationals, posting an aggregate 4.66 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 26 walks in 46 1/3 innings.

Bruce Bochy wins 2,000th game as manager

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The Giants handily defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday night, 11-3. The win marked No. 2,000 of manager Bruce Bochy’s storied career, bolstering an already airtight case for the Hall of Fame.

Bochy, 64, is retiring at the end of the season. The skipper began his managerial career in 1995 with the Padres. He led them to the World Series in 1998, but they were swept out of the Fall Classic by the Yankees. Bochy would manage the Padres through 2006, amassing a 951-975 record (.494).

Bochy went to the Giants in 2007, which turned out to be a terrific decision. Bochy’s Giants won the World Series in 2010, ’12, and ’14, beating the Rangers (4-1), Tigers (4-0), and Royals (4-3), respectively. Including Wednesday’s win, Bochy has a 1,049-1,047 (.500) record with the Giants.

There have been only 11 managers in baseball history to win at least 2,000 games as a manager. Connie Mack leads overwhelmingly at 3,731, followed by John McGraw (2,763) and Tony La Russa (2,728). Also in the 2,000-win club are Bobby Cox (2,504), Joe Torre (2,326), Sparky Anderson (2,194), Bucky Harris (2,158), Joe McCarthy (2,125), Walter Alston (2,040), Leo Durocher (2,008), and Bochy.

Next stop, Cooperstown.