Mariners sticking with Fernando Rodney as closer

Despite some struggles to start the season, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon stood behind closer Fernando Rodney.

Rodney blew a save on Tuesday and allowed four runs in a non-save situation back on Sunday.

“Here’s the deal,” said McClendon via the Tacoma News Tribune. “People fly off the handle and say, `Rodney stinks. We need to change. Get another closer.’ OK, when that doesn’t work out, then what? You want me to go back? Or do you want me to try somebody else? That’s how all hell breaks loose.”

Rodney has blamed an inability to locate his pitches for his early struggles.

“My mechanics are not the problem,” he insisted. “I feel like I’m delivering the ball there. But a couple pitches I missed in the strike zone and, here, you can’t miss.”

Rodney did pick up two saves in his first two outings of the season while allowing just a walk and striking out one.

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