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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%: 95/92 | Average Draft Position: 109.35
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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.


Pirates' Mark Melancon needs one out to get 25th save Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon was called upon to get one out in the ninth inning on Thursday, and Melancon obliged accordingly to pick up his 25th save of the season. The Pirates entered the bottom of the ninth against the Tigers with an 8-3 lead. 

But, Vance Worley gave up a run on three hits while recording two outs. So, with the possible tying run in the on-deck circle, Melancon was summoned from the bullpen, and was able to get Victor Martinez to ground-out, securing the 8-4 Pirates win.

Melancon is now working on a 23-game scoreless streak, as his ERA now sits at 1.66 on the year.


Mark Melancon saves 24th game for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned the save in Tuesday's win over Cincinnati. 

Melancon pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side, to protect a one-run lead. 

Melancon earned his 24th save of the year and converted his 21st save opportunity in a row. 


Pirates' Melancon unavailable Friday after pitching three straight days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon will not be available to pitch Friday against the Nationals after pitching three straight days, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Melancon recorded saves Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday against the White Sox. He's allowed just one unearned run on 11 hits and two walks in his last 18 games. He has 15 saves and 10 strikeouts in that span.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon notches 23rd save of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon recorded his 23rd save of the season in his team's win over the White Sox on Thursday.

Melancon needed just 13 pitches to close out the ninth inning and pick up the save. He struck out two batters and didn't allow a hit.

Melancon improved his ERA to 1.87 on the season.


Pirates P Mark Melancon secures save in win over White Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his 22nd save of the season in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the White Sox. 

Melancon entered the game in the ninth inning and had a 1-2-3 outing. Melancon recorded one strikeout. Melancon has now recorded 12 saves in his last 13 appearances. His ERA for the season is now 1.93. 


Pirates RP Mark Melancon picks up 21st save of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his 21st save of season during Tuesday's 3-0 win over the White Sox.

Melancon is now 21 for 22 in save chances this season with a 1.62 ERA.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon notches 20th save


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon was once again lights-out, retiring the side in order Saturday to help preserve a 4-1 triumph over the Phillies and earn his 20th save of the season.

Melancon's 20 saves are just one behind the Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal for the MLB lead. The closer has picked up a save in nine of his last 10 outings and only has one blown save on the year, back on April 21. 

In eight June outings, Melancon hasn't allowed an earned run and has picked up seven saves. 


Pirates P Mark Melancon earns save in win over Brewers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon earned his 19th save of the season in Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over the Brewers. 

Melancon retired the first three batters he faced for an easy save. It was his 10th converted save opportunity in a row, all of which have gone without a run allowed. He now has a 2.20 ERA this season. 


Pirates' Mark Melancon locks down 18th save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his 18th save on Sunday, striking out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-0 shutout of the Braves.

Melancon endured a shaky start to the season but has allowed just one earned run since April 21. He still hasn't managed to up his strikeout rate, with Sunday's two strikeouts representing his first outing with multiple strikeouts since the end of April. Melancon owns a 2.28 ERA and 15:5 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings.


Pirates closer Mark Melancon records 17th save on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon made things interesting on Friday, but got the job done to perserve the 10-8 victory over the Braves.

Melancon entered the game with the Pirates up 10-7 in the ninth. After getting the first batter out, he allowed a hit to A.J. Pierzynski. Todd Cunningham reached on an error, which allowed Pedro Ciriaco to drive in Pierzynski with a single. But Melancon then enduced a game-ending double-play to nail down his 17th save of the season.

Overall, Melancon allowed two hits and an unearned run in his inning of work.


Pirates' Mark Melancon collects two-out save vs. Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon needed five pitches to retired the final two batters Wednesday against the Giants, securing his 16th save of the season.

Melancon has not allowed a run over his last 10 2/3 innings pitched. He has converted 16 of 17 save chances, with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over 25 2/3 innings.


Pirates RP Mark Melancon earns 15th save of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon did not allow a run during the ninth inning of Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Giants to earn his 15th save of the season.

Melancon surrendered one hit before recording the final three outs. He is 15 for 16 in save opportunities this season with a 2.52 ERA.


Pirates P Mark Melancon pitches perfect 9th inning, gets save


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon picked up his 14th save of the season in Monday night's 4-3 win over the Giants. 

Melancon entered the game in the ninth inning and didn't allow a hit. He struck out one batter and got his other two via groundout. Melancon now has a 2.63 ERA for the season. Melancon has now converted his fifth consecutive save opportunity. 


Pirates closer Mark Melancon nails down save No. 13 on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/31/2015) Pirates closer Mark Melancon came on in the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Padres and shut the door for his 13th save of the season. The right-hander worked around a one-out single, recording a strikeout in his scoreless inning.

Melancon is now 13-for-14 in save chances this year and has allowed just one run in his last 16 appearances.