BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - The oldest closer in the National League has five career saves and was nearly out of the game two years ago.
Yet Jason Grilli says he's not worried about the pressure that comes with taking the ball in the ninth inning. Neither are the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team gave the 36-year-old right-hander a two-year deal in the offseason and handed him the closer's role after trading two-time All-Star Joel Hanrahan to Boston.
Grilli was a baseball nomad until landing with Pittsburgh midway through the 2011 season. He flourished as Hanrahan's setup man last year, often facing the heart of the lineup. Grilli says he'll take the same mindset to his new role, figuring his job is to get outs regardless of what inning he's pitching.
---
Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAP

Top MLB Public Bets

#3 953 Chicago Cubs  74%
#4 971 Seattle Mariners  70%
#5 968 Baltimore Orioles  70%
#7 956 New York Mets  69%
#8 951 Miami Marlins  65%
#9 965 Houston Astros  65%
#10 957 Cincinnati Reds  64%

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Giants Prediction Will Clayton Kershaw shut down the Giants tonight when the Dodgers visit AT&T Park at 10:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Padres vs. Diamondbacks Prediction Will the Padres pull off the upset versus the Diamondbacks when the NL West rivals meet tonight at 9:40PM ET?
Thumbnail Nationals vs. Rockies Prediction Will the Rockies stay hot with another win tonight against the Nationals at 8:40PM ET?
Thumbnail Royals vs. White Sox Prediction Following their ugly loss last night in Chicago, will the Royals bounce back with a win tonight versus the White Sox at 8:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Twins vs. Rangers Prediction Following the Twins' 3-2 win over the Rangers last night, will the under cash again in Arlington at 8:05PM ET?

MLB Team Pages