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Sept. 08, 2003
Sept. 08, 2003

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Sept. 8, 2003

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SAVING GRACE Last Thursday, Dodgers closer Eric Gagne set a major
league record by converting his 44th consecutive save opportunity
this season. Gagne had a streak, from June 5 to June 21, during
which he got a save in 10 straight appearances. Who holds the
record for most consecutive appearances with a save?

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a. Doug Jones c. Bobby Thigpen
b. Bruce Sutter d. John Wetteland

RENAISSANCE MEN The Braves were dealt a blow last week when their
closer, John Smoltz, went on the disabled list with elbow
tendinitis. Over the past three seasons Smoltz has converted 109
of 117 save opportunities. Coupled with his 163 career victories,
that makes Smoltz one of only two active players with 100 career
wins and 100 career saves. Who is the other?

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP Match the pitcher with the team he's saved
the most games against.

1. Roberto Hernandez a. A's
2. Jason Isringhausen b. Mariners
3. Jose Mesa c. Orioles
4. Troy Percival d. Tigers

CALL TO ORDER With 26 saves through Sunday, the Royals' Mike
MacDougal has broken Doug Bird's team record of 20 saves by a
rookie. Place these other closers in order of the number of saves
they earned as rookies.

a. Jorge Julio c. Mariano Rivera
b. Billy Koch d. Billy Wagner

ANSWERS

SAVING GRACE: d. John Wetteland of the Yankees set the major
league record of 24 consecutive appearances with a save, from May
31 to July 14, 1996.

RENAISSANCE MEN: White Sox closer Tom Gordon has 112 career
victories and 106 career saves. The alltime leader of the pack is
Dennis Eckersley, who had 197 wins and 390 saves in his career
(1975-98).

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP: 1. d (31 saves); 2. b (10); 3. c (23); 4. a
(25)

CALL TO ORDER: Koch (31 saves in 1999); Julio (25 in 2002);
Wagner (nine in 1996); and Rivera (zero in 1995)