The Pirates have alleviated Tony Watson from his misery as the team’s closer.
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Pittsburgh made the decision Friday to demote Watson from the closer role. The veteran reliever has blown his last four save chances, raising his ERA to 4.44 this season.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio will will now split ninth-inning duties.

Having lost six of their last eight games — largely due to poor bullpen performances — Clint Hurdle finally decided to pull the plug on Watson as closer.

From a fantasy standpoint, neither Rivero nor Nicasio present much upside in the near future, unless one runs away with the job. For now, Pittsburgh’s bullpen has become a wait-and-see situation for standard-league fantasy owners.

Elite Womens Michael Wilhoite Jersey The Pirates are 5 1/2 games back in the National League Central. If they continue to lose, they may become big sellers before the July 31 trade deadline.

For Nicole and Scott’s son, only one sport wasn’t an option — football. That was a decision they made long before Jordon was born.

Scott played football at N.C. State, and he was good enough as an offensive tackle for the Wolfpack that the Saints picked him in the 12th round of the 1992 draft. Injuries crushed that dream, though — a separated disc in his back was the final blow — and shaped Scott’s thinking when it came to his future children.

You can get injured in anything. We know that. Not even sports-related, Nicole says. But because of Scott’s experience through multiple surgeries and his experience with ending his NFL opportunity really early, we just said, we can’t do that. If we have kids, we’re not letting them play football, but we’ll surround them with other sports.