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David Sabino
September 08, 2003
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September 08, 2003

Trivial Matters

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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?

a. Doug Jones
b. Bruce Sutter
c. Bobby Thigpen
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
2. Jason Isringhausen
3. Jose Mesa
4. Troy Percival

a. A's
b. Mariners
c. Orioles
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
b. Billy Koch
c. Mariano Rivera
d. Billy Wagner