Jim Johnson ran into more trouble Wednesday at Minnesota’s Target Field as he gave up two runs on two hits and two walks to blow a 4-2 ninth-inning lead for the Athletics. Oakland rallied in extra innings to pull out a 7-4 victory over the host Twins. After the latest poor outing by Johnson, A’s manager Bob Melvin has removed him from the closer role. Johnson was acquired this winter from the Orioles for second base prospect Jemile Weeks and has been downright horrendous. Johnson has given up nine hits, six walks, and seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings with the A’s. Ryan Cook was activated from the disabled list and should be owned in AL-Only leagues and deep mixed fantasy leagues. Cook owns a respectable 2.53 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 149 1/3 career major league innings. Luke Gregerson could also get some save opportunities as well.
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