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BALTIMORE (KMOX) — The Cardinals have given former closer Ryan Franklin his unconditional release after another poor outing in Baltimore on Tuesday night. Franklin had could only convert single save in 5 opportunities this season with an 8.46 ERA. In 27.2 inning pitched, he allowed 9 home runs.

The closer in the Redbird’s bullpen the past two seasons, Franklin was having a dreadful 2011 season.  Following another bad appearance on Tuesday night at Camden Yards in which he went 0.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a home run, the Cardinals have finally decided to split way with the 12-year veteran.

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Franklin, 38, was in his fifth season with the Cardinals. During his time in St. Louis, Franklin had a 21-19 record, 3.52 ERA, and 84 saves. Franklin earned all of his career saves while with the Cardinals.

Franklin owns a career mark of 62-76 with a 4.14 ERA in 532 games pitched with Seattle, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and St. Louis.

An all-star in 2009, Franklin was suspended 10 games for violating MLB’s steroid policy in 2005, and his name was mentioned in the Mitchell Report in 2007.

A corresponding roster move will be made tomorrow.

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