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Seattle Mariners' Fernando Rodney Records 200th Career Save

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney throws against the Baltimore Orioles in a baseball game, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJuly 28, 2014

Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney notched his 200th career save this past Saturday afternoon, according to the team's official Twitter account.

Per usual, Rodney came into the game in the ninth inning, protecting a one-run lead over the Baltimore Orioles. The final out was rather unusual, as the 37-year-old closer picked off outfielder David Lough, who broke early while trying to steal second base. Rodney stepped off the rubber and threw to Robinson Cano, who tagged Lough out for the 4-3 victory.

Now in his 12th season, Rodney spent his first eight years with the Detroit Tigers from 2002 to 2009.  He recorded 67 saves for Detroit, including 37 in 2009 in his final season as a Tiger.

He signed with the Anaheim Angels for 2010 and 2011, primarily serving in the eighth-inning setup role. Rodney recorded just 17 saves as an Angel but did accumulate 31 holds.

After signing with the Tampa Bay Rays, Rodney recorded a career-high 48 saves in 2012, setting a single-season franchise record, per MLB.com. He followed up with another 37 saves in Tampa in 2013 before signing a two-year contract with the Mariners this offseason. 

Rodney has already recorded his fourth-best single-season saves total in 2014, with 28 in 31 opportunities heading into Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

Rodney became the 45th player to reach 200 saves, just one day before Washington Nationals closer Rafael Soriano hit the same milestone, as reported by The Washington Post on Twitter.

 

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