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Craig Kimbrel
3.40 31 83
Team: BostonHt / Wt: 6-0 / 210 NFBC ADP: 76.89
Position: RPBorn: 5/28/1988 Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: 3rd Round by Braves (2008)

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Oct. 2 10:18 PM PT11:18 PM MT12:18 AM CT1:18 AM ET1:18 ET5:18 GMT13:18 10:18 PM MST12:18 AM EST12:48 AM VEN9:18 UAE12:18 AM CT-Kimbrel struggled again Saturday, allowing the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to take the loss in Boston's 4-3 setback to Toronto.
Analysis: The usually dominant closer put the deciding run on with a leadoff walk, a recurring problem during a rough stretch in which Kimbrel is 0-2 with an 18.00 ERA in four appearances. He's issued six walks in three innings during that span. Despite the right-hander's recent control issues, Red Sox manager John Farrell said afterward he presently has no plans to remove Kimbrel from the closer role when the playoffs start.
Sep. 28 8:27 PM PT9:27 PM MT10:27 PM CT11:27 PM ET23:27 ET3:27 GMT11:27 8:27 PM MST10:27 PM EST10:57 PM VEN7:27 UAE (+1)10:27 PM CT-Kimbrel took the loss Wednesday after allowing three walks and a hit in the ninth inning before getting pulled without recording an out.
Analysis: He was charged with four runs and has allowed five in his last two appearances after going 16 straight games without giving up an earned run.
Sep. 16 8:27 PM PT9:27 PM MT10:27 PM CT11:27 PM ET23:27 ET3:27 GMT11:27 8:27 PM MST10:27 PM EST10:57 PM VEN7:27 UAE (+1)10:27 PM CT-Kimbrel converted a two-out save for his 26th of the year Friday and 14th in his last 14 chances.
Analysis: He's allowed one earned run and struck out 23 over 13 innings in 15 appearances since coming off the DL on Aug. 1.
Aug. 31 4:51 PM PT5:51 PM MT6:51 PM CT7:51 PM ET19:51 ET23:51 GMT7:51 4:51 PM MST6:51 PM EST7:21 PM VEN3:51 UAE (+1)6:51 PM CT-Kimbrel converted his 12th straight save opportunity Wednesday.
Analysis: He's been really solid of late, striking out 12 and allowing four hits with one walk over eight scoreless innings in his last eight appearances.
Aug. 23 7:35 PM PT8:35 PM MT9:35 PM CT10:35 PM ET22:35 ET2:35 GMT10:35 7:35 PM MST9:35 PM EST10:05 PM VEN6:35 UAE (+1)9:35 PM CT-Kimbrel struck out two on the way to his 23rd save in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Rays.
Analysis: Kimbrel has been outstanding of late, posting an 0.96 ERA while converting all six save opportunities in his last nine appearances.
Aug. 15 2:01 PM PT3:01 PM MT4:01 PM CT5:01 PM ET17:01 ET21:01 GMT5:01 2:01 PM MST4:01 PM EST4:31 PM VEN1:01 UAE (+1)4:01 PM CT-Kimbrel earned his 20th save in 22 opportunities Monday.
Analysis: Since missing nearly a month with a torn left meniscus, Kimbrel has gone 3 for 3 in save chances while allowing one run and one hit with 10 strikeouts in five innings over five appearances. However, he's been wild with six walks over that stretch.
Aug. 10 8:56 AM PT9:56 AM MT10:56 AM CT11:56 AM ET11:56 ET15:56 GMT23:56 8:56 AM MST10:56 AM EST11:26 AM VEN19:56 UAE10:56 AM CT-Kimbrel was removed from a save situation after walking four of the six batters he faced in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Yankees.
Analysis: Making his third appearance since returning from the DL last week, Kimbrel admitted afterward that he's still dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. Boston has an experienced and capable alternative to close in Brad Ziegler, so Kimbrel's save chances could be reduced until he gets closer to full health.
Aug. 2 9:18 AM PT10:18 AM MT11:18 AM CT12:18 PM ET12:18 ET16:18 GMT0:18 9:18 AM MST11:18 AM EST11:48 AM VEN20:18 UAE11:18 AM CT-Kimbrel got his 18th save in his return from the disabled list and the Red Sox beat the Mariners 2-1 on Monday night.
Analysis: Kimbrel made his first appearance since having surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee. He allowed a walk, and Kyle Seager reached on a third-strike wild pitch, but Kimbrel got two other strikeouts to end it. ''As much as we talked before the game about Kimbrel and giving him a little breathing room, that one-run margin wasn't a heck of a lot,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''He was very good. It looked like he hadn't missed any time.''
July 9 12:17 PM PT1:17 PM MT2:17 PM CT3:17 PM ET15:17 ET19:17 GMT3:17 12:17 PM MST2:17 PM EST2:47 PM VEN23:17 UAE2:17 PM CT-The Red Sox activated Kimbrel (surgery for torn left knee cartilage) from the 15-day disabled list Monday.
Analysis: The closer last pitched July 6 for Boston. He's converted 17 of 19 save opportunities this season.
July 5 5:38 PM PT6:38 PM MT7:38 PM CT8:38 PM ET20:38 ET0:38 GMT8:38 5:38 PM MST7:38 PM EST8:08 PM VEN4:38 UAE (+1)7:38 PM CT-Kimbrel received his fifth All-Star selection Tuesday and his first as a member of the Red Sox.
Analysis: Kimbrel, whose first four All-Star appearances came with the Braves, is 1-3 with a 2.53 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances.
Apr. 26 11:49 AM PT12:49 PM MT1:49 PM CT2:49 PM ET14:49 ET18:49 GMT2:49 11:49 AM MST1:49 PM EST2:19 PM VEN22:49 UAE1:49 PM CT-Kimbrel returned to his former Atlanta home Monday.
Analysis: Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save - one night after his first blown save.
Apr. 25 2:24 PM PT3:24 PM MT4:24 PM CT5:24 PM ET17:24 ET21:24 GMT5:24 2:24 PM MST4:24 PM EST4:54 PM VEN1:24 UAE (+1)4:24 PM CT-Kimbrel blew a save opportunity Sunday in Houston after allowing a game-tying two-run homer to Colby Rasmus.
Analysis: It's technically Kimbrel's first blown save with the Red Sox, though he allowed a tie-breaking three-run homer to Chris Davis to take a loss against Baltimore on April 11. The star closer has allowed just three other hits in his nine innings of work.

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