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Nationals move pitching prospect Erick Fedde to the bullpen

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Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have decided to move top pitching prospect Erick Fedde to the bullpen. They aim to limit his innings and prepare him for potentially contributing out of the major league bullpen during the season.

Fedde, 24, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (18th overall) of the 2014 draft. This season at Double-A Harrisburg, the right-hander posted a 3.59 ERA with a 35/14 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings across seven starts.

The Nationals’ bullpen has been a mess thus far, as five different relievers have recorded saves. Of those five, only Matt Albers has been able to both stay healthy and post a respectable ERA.

The Nationals still see Fedde as a potential top of the rotation starter.

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.