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AL West Notes: Astros closer, Matt Shoemaker's starts

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Houston made a big splash this winter, going out and traded for Phillies closer Ken Giles. He was supposed to lead the way for the Astros bullpen, with Luke Gregerson there for the 8th inning.

Things haven't quite worked out that way so far in 2016. Both Giles and Gregerson have been underwhelming, with neither running away with the role. That has forced manager A.J. Hinch to institute a closer-by-committee structure going forward with Gregerson, Giles and Will Harris as the three options.

Harris has been good for the Astros this season, sporting a .35 ERA and a .71 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 26 games.

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