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A reverse Tebow: Donovan Tate to be a 26-year-old college freshman quarterback

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Remember Donovan Tate? He was the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, taken by the San Diego Padres. He was chosen ahead of such players as Mike Trout, James Paxton and Garrett Richards.

He played in the Padres organization for five seasons and then, last year, toiled in the Dodgers system for 10 whole games. He never made out out of A-ball in those six seasons, primarily due to injury problems and a drug problem that caused him to miss the entire 2014 season.

Tate was a highly-regarded high school quarterback before choosing baseball, so now he’s trying to pull a Reverse Tebow:

The Arizona Wildcats are adding another name to their starting quarterback competition, and it’s a player who is eight years removed from his football career. Donavan Tate, the third overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, will join Rich Rodriguez’s team as a 26-year-old freshman.

Actually, this is less a Reverse Tebow than it is a Chris Weinke, you may recall, played six seasons in the Blue Jays organization before quitting baseball, going back to college at age 25 and leading the Florida State Seminoles to the national championship. He even won the Heisman Trophy at age 28, giving Tate something to shoot for.

Tate is not getting a scholarship. The Padres, as many team do for their high school draft picks, will pay his tuition.

Good luck, Donovan.

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.