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Kenley Jansen's burden grows, and the Dodgers closer accepts it

Kenley Jansen's burden grows, and the Dodgers closer accepts it

His contract is expiring. His future is at risk. The next few months will chart the course for the rest of his career.

One might think Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ giant bearded closer of a man, would want security, safety and statistics.

Instead, he wants the ball.

“I love the challenge, man,’’ he says. “I want that challenge.’’

One could assume he wants separation from the Dodgers’ struggling bullpen, innings that belong only to him, and the best possible chance to put on a show for suitors.

Instead, he wants to be a teammate.

 “My guys have been grinding the whole year, and sometimes you...

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