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With Machi down to Triple-A, Moscoso gets new role

With Machi down to Triple-A, Moscoso gets new role

With Machi down to Triple-A, Moscoso gets new role

SAN FRANCISCO -- Optioning right-hander Jean Machi to Triple-A Fresno did more than clear roster room for Friday's starter, Ryan Vogelsong, to be activated from the Giants' disabled list.

The move had a direct effect on right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, who will inherit Machi's role as a middle-inning short reliever. Moscoso had been regarded as a "long" reliever capable of consuming multiple innings if a starter were to leave the game early. But with Barry Zito now inhabiting San Francisco's bullpen, the club had no need for two long relievers.

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Manager Bruce Bochy explained that with Moscoso sharing short-relief duties, fellow right-handers Sandy Rosario and Santiago Casilla won't have to appear too early and can continue to work in later innings, as the Giants prefer.

Oddly, Machi owned a 5.19 ERA in 21 appearances at pitcher-friendly AT&T Park. He also had allowed opponents to hit .342 off him at home. Overall, Machi was 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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