sunday baseball notes

Terry Francona may have interesting options

Two 24-year-old closers — Craig Kimbrel of the Braves and Aroldis Chapman of the Reds — are having seasons that rank with some of the best in the history of the game. Kimbrel has posted back-to-back superb seasons in the closer role. Chapman didn’t take over as closer until mid-May but was dominant until a recent bout with arm soreness. How they compare in 2012 to five of the best closer seasons in history. - Compiled by Richard McSweeney