Axford making progress, but closer's role not yet
Milwaukee Brewers' reliever John Axford has made a solid comeback over the last month. The right-hander has 15 scoreless appearances going into the opener of a three-game series tonight at Cincinnati. Axford has thrown 13-and-a-third innings during that stretch. His E-R-A has almost plunged in half, from 9-point-20 to 4-point-82. Axford started the season as Milwaukee's closer. But he lost the job after giving up four homers in his first six games, while racking up two losses.