With the injury to Reds acquisition Ryan Madson, Aroldis Chapman gets tested in the closer role in May and becomes one of the best closers in history. Chapman's ERA was 0 until June 7 and he's had 122 strikeouts in 71.2 innings pitched.
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KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 10: National League All-Star Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds smiles at the end of the eighth inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds are giving closer Aroldis Chapman a few days off to rest his tired pitching shoulder.

The left-hander struggled with his control and only hit 96 mph on the radar gun Monday night during a 14-inning, 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. Chapman had to be taken out during the middle of an inning for the first time this season.

Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that it's part of Chapman learning how to be a full-time closer. He moved into the role this season for the first time in his career and has made 64 appearances, converting 35 of 40 save chances.

Chapman said his shoulder started feeling tired a few days ago. He blew a save on Friday night, ending his club-record streak of 27 straight saves.

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