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Franklin released

The Cardinals have announced that the saddest chapter of the 2010 season has finally come to a merciful end.

Former closer Ryan Franklin, who has struggled terribly from opening day to his latest appearance Tuesday night, has been unconditionally released.

Franklin, 38, had a 1-4 record with an 8.46 ERA this season while saving only one game before losing the job as closer two weeks into the season. Since then he's pitched sparingly. And it seems that the harder Franklin tried, the worse he did. On Tuesday he gave up three solid hits in four at bats. Twice he had hitters 0-2 only to lose control of the at bats. The one guy he did retire hit a rocket right at Matt Holliday that could have easily been a double.

He allowed 44 hits and 10 walks in 27 1/3 innings and surrendered nine home runs in his limited exposure.