Dodgers' Jansen: Speculation about closer's job is 'just noise'

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Kenley Jansen isn't worried about his status as the team's closer prior to Game 6 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves.

Jansen, who struck out the side in a clean ninth inning to secure a win Friday, hasn't allowed a baserunner since manager Dave Roberts openly questioned using him to finish games after the veteran blew a save in Game 2 of the NLDS.

"That's just noise. That's a distraction. We can't have that right now," Jansen said pregame Saturday when asked about a lack of faith from fans and the media, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

The 33-year-old also said defined roles don't exist in the postseason.

"Ain't no role in the playoffs. It's when can you be in best position to help your team win," he said.

Jansen has been the Dodgers closer since 2012. He's the franchise's all-time saves leader with 312, and the hurler owns a career 2.39 ERA over 11 seasons with Los Angeles.

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