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35 Mark Melancon RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 3/28/1985 | Birthplace: Arvada, CO | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Arizona | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $521,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/93 | Average Draft Position: 109.36
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Pirates closer Mark Melancon earns shaky 43rd save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:31 am ET) Pirates sizzling closer Mark Melancon was merely mortal Saturday against Colorado, but still nailed down his league-leading 43rd save.

Melancon arrived with a 4-1 lead and promptly allowed a single and two-run homer to Nick Hundley. He then surrendered a single and needed a double-play lineout to finally end the drama.

It marked the first time he has given up more than one run in an appearance since April 21.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon notches league-best 42nd save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon continued to dominate late in the game on Friday against the Rockies.

Melancon closed out the ninth inning of his team's win without allowing a hit, earning his league-leading 42nd save of the season. He has a remarcable 1.45 ERA this year.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon shuts the door for 41st save Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/27/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon did what he does best on Thursday, as he protected a 2-1 victory over the Marlins. Melancon worked around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning, picking up his MLB-leading 41st save.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon subdues Marlins in three pitches


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2015) Three pitches, three outs. Such was the tidy mound work of Pirates closer Mark Melancon in Miami on Monday night.

Melancon arrived with two on and none out in the ninth. He induced two groundouts, including one double play, to notch his league-leading 40th save. He's on pace for 52 this season.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon shuts door on Giants


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon arrived on the mound Sunday with a three-run lead.

Game over.

Arguably the best closer in the sport notched his league-high 39th save in 41 opportunities by shutting down the Giants with no problems in the ninth. He retired them in order and finished with a flourish on a strikeout of Marlon Byrd.

Melancon, who had struggled a bit in early August, has strung together five straight scoreless appearances.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon notches league-high 38th save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/19/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon recorded his league-best 38th save of the season in his team's win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Melancon allowed one hit in the ninth inning, but went on to strike out the side in what was yet another impressive outing. He now has a 1.58 ERA in 57 innings this season.


Pirates' Mark Melancon blows second save of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2015) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon gave up two unearned runs in the ninth inning to send Tuesday's game against Arizona into extra innings.

Melancon suffered his second blown save of the year and first since April 21. He had converted 35 straight save opportunities since then.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon notches 37th save of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/15/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon recorded his league-leading 37th save of the season during Saturday's win over the Mets.

Melancon closed out the 14th inning of his team's victory with relative ease, as he allowed just one hit. He now has a 1.64 ERA in 55 innings of relief this season.


Mark Melancon sets Pirates record with 34th straight save


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon extended his team record with his 34th straight successful save. 

Melancon allowed a run but closed out the Pirates' 3-2 win over the Mets on Friday. It's the third straight save where Melancon has allowed a run. 


Pirates RP Mark Melancon picks up save Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) Despite struggling during his appearance Saturday, Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon was able to record the final three outs during the 6-5 win over the Dodgers to earn the save.

Melancon allowed one run on two hits, but he received his 35th save of the season for his effort. He also walked one and struck out one during the outing.


Pirates' Mark Melancon allows run, gets 34th save on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/5/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon had a rough outing on Wednesday, but he was able to hang on to record his 34th save of the year in the 7-5 win over the Cubs. 

Melancon entered the game in the ninth, working with a three-run lead. He allowed a lead-off single to Starlin Castro, who would wind up scoring. But Melancon got Dexter Fowler swinging to end the game.

This was the first time Melancon had been scored upon since June 5, spanning 24 appearances. It's the first earned run he has allowed since May 11. 


Joakim Soria replaces Mark Melancon for first Pirates' save


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Pirates reliever Joakim Soria replaced former Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon with one out in the ninth inning. 

Soria retired both batters he faced to earn his first save for the Pirates. He was traded from Detroit earlier in the week. 

Melancon allowed a double and a hit batter before being ejected with the tying run at the plate. 


Pirates closer Mark Melancon ejected after HBP


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon lost his shot at his 32nd consecutive converted save Sunday when he was tossed out of the game after hitting Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart with a pitch.

The game featured several hit batsmen and got ugly when the benches emptied.

Melancon has not allowed an earned run since May 11.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon survives shaky outing for 33rd save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon was far from perfect on Friday night, but he was able to escape with his 33rd save of the season in Friday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

Melancon gave up a hit to Brandon Phillips to lead off the ninth. After a sacrifice bunt and a walk, Todd Frazier ripped a single to left, but Phillips was thrown out at the plate trying to score. Melancon would get the next batter to put the game to bed.

It was a shaky outing for Melancon, but he got the job done as he converted his 31st consecutive save opportunity.


Pirates' Mark Melancon earns win in relief


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon entered a tie game on Tuesday, his first non-save situation in the last four outings. 

Melancon pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing just a walk. He earned the win, moving to 2-1 on the season. 


Pirates' Mark Melancon shuts down Nationals; picks up save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/26/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his major league-leading 32nd save of the season on Sunday against the Nationals.

Melancon needed just eight pitches to close out the ninth inning in the 3-1 victory. He now has a dominant 1.37 ERA on the year.


Pirates' Mark Melancon shuts the door for 31st save on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon worked around a pair of hits to nail down his 31st save of the season in Friday's 7-5 win over the Nationals. Melancon has allowed just one earned run over his past 39 innings of work. 

The right-hander has now converted 29 straight save opportunities, which is a club record. His 31 saves are tops in the big leagues.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon records 30th save of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon recorded his MLB-leading 30th save of the season on Monday against the Royals.

Melancon closed out the ninth inning of the 10-7 win with relative ease. He did allow a walk, but also struck out a batter.

Melancon now has a 1.43 ERA in 44 innings of relief this season.


Pirates' Mark Melancon gives up home run in All Star Game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Pirates reliever Mark Melancon gave up a home run in the eighth inning of Tuesday's All Star Game. 

Melancon became the first Pirates' All Star to give up a run since John Smiley in 1991 and the first to surrender a homer since Rich Gossage in 1977. 

Melancon struck out two in his inning of work. 


Pirates RP Mark Melancon shuts the door for 29th save Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon continued his run of success, as he collected his league-leading 29th save of the year in Friday's 5-2 win over the Cardinals. Melancon allowed a hit and struck out a batter in his scoreless inning of work.

Melancon has converted all 29 save chances this year, and he hasn't allowed a run in his last 27 appearances.


Pirates RP Antonio Bastardo snags first save of season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) The overwork of closer Mark Melancon gave Pirates reliever Antonio Bastardo a shot to close Wednesday against San Diego - and he cashed in for his first save of the year.

Bastardo allowed a walk to open the ninth before retiring the last three, including Melvin Upton and Will Middlebrooks on strikeouts.

Melancon had pitched in four games over the last six days.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon earns save Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon recorded the final three outs in the ninth inning during Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Padres to earn the save.

It was his 28th save of the season. He allowed one hit and struck out one during the appearance. He has saved 28 of his 29 save chances this season.


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


Mark Melancon saves 27th game for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning to save Sunday's win over Cleveland. 

Melancon converted his 25th save opportunity in a row and recorded his 27th save of the season. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 14 appearances. 


Pirates closer Mark Melancon earns league-leading 26th save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) It's Independence Day. The last time Pirates closer Mark Melancon gave up a run, Memorial Day was just a twinkle in the eye of Father Time.

Melancon surrendered nothing but a walk and weakly hit infield single to the Indians on Saturday in tying Glen Perkins for the major league lead with 26 saves. He has not allowed a run in his last 25 appearances.

Things did get a bit hairy with two outs when he pitched around torrid Jason Kipnis for a walk and Francisco Lindor dumped a seeing-eye dribbler to short for a hit. But Melancon induced tough Michael Brandley to ground out to secure the victory.

His 1.62 ERA is at its lowest point since April 13.