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Former player, Twins manager Sam Mele dies at age 95

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Sam Mele, who played ten years in the big leagues and then managed the Minnesota Twins for seven seasons, has died. He was 95.

Mele made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 1947 before making stops with the Senators, White Sox, Indians, Reds and Orioles. He was a career.267 hitter with 80 home runs and 544 RBIs. He hit .302 as a rookie and smacked 36 doubles in 1951, leading the American League.

After his playing career was over Mele coached and worked for the Washington Senators, staying with them when they moved to Minnesota to become the Twins. He managed the Twins from 1961 through 1967. In 1965 he guided the Twins to their first pennant, going 102-60, losing the World Series to the Dodgers in seven games. Following his managerial stint, he worked for the Red Sox in various capacities for 25 years.

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.