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Brad Lincoln Showing the Stuff to Close

Brad Lincoln Showing the Stuff to Close

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Since the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to move Brad Lincoln back into the bullpen after making five starts in the rotation, the right-hander has been nothing but impressive. The former first round pick by Pittsburgh continues to be an asset for the club in any role in 2012, but perhaps his last two outings have been glimpses into his future role -- a closer.

While it takes a certain kind of mentality to close out a game, it's not a question whether Lincoln has the stuff.

When the Pirates decided to move him into relief, Lincoln was coming off a very impressive start on Saturday night where he took a no-hit bit into the fifth inning. Overall, he allowed just two hits — the second was a solo-homer in the seventh which ended his outing — and struck out career-high seven.

After he was informed of the move, Lincoln was still his confident self, being a team guy and just wanting to help the club no matter what role it is.

“It’s a move they had to...

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