Perez doesn't care about closer label's Matthew Leach reports St. Louis Cardinals RP Chris Perez doesn't mind that manager Tony La Russa hasn't officially named him the closer. Perez has nailed down six straight saves since coming back up from the minors. "They haven't told me anything, but actions speak louder than words," Perez said. "I'm in there in the ninth with the game on the line. That's pretty much what a closer does. It doesn't matter to me if (manager Tony La Russa) comes out and says it or not. I'm happy to be there, I'm doing good and hopefully it continues."