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Torii Hunter Jr. leaves Notre Dame football to play baseball

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The son of Torii Hunter — Torii Hunter, Jr. — was a star football and baseball player in high school. When he was getting ready to graduate there was a lot of speculation as to which sport he would choose. He chose football and accepted a scholarship to Notre Dame. He became a team captain, eventually, and caught 73 passes, six for touchdowns, in 26 games.

Flash forward a few years and Hunter has decided that he’d rather play baseball. He is bypassing his final year of football eligibility to go play in the Angels system. They drafted him in the 23rd round this past June. His father, of course, starred for the Angels from 2008 through 2012.

Hunter hasn’t played a full season of baseball since he was a high school junior in 2012, so he may have a pretty steep hill to climb. But it’s a hill he wants to climb, so good luck to him.

 

Kenley Jansen’s consecutive saves streak ends at 34

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.

Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.

After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.

Zach Britton sets American League record with 55th consecutive save

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Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.

Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.

Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.