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53 Zach Britton RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/195 | Birthdate: 12/22/1987 | Birthplace: Panorama, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Baltimore | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 95/90 | Average Draft Position: 109.36
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Orioles closer Zach Britton blows save Sunday against Twins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2015) The suddenly hittable Zach Britton blew a save Sunday for the Orioles against the visiting Twins in a game his team eventually lost.

Britton arrived in the ninth with a one-run lead and gave up three singles, including one by Trevor Plouffe that tied it.

The left-hander has given up four runs on 13 hits over his last 10 innings to raise his ERA to 1.94, its highest point in two months.


Orioles closer Zach Britton escapes jam in ninth to earn victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton improved his win total rather than his save total Wednesday against the visiting Mets.

Britton improved to 4-0 by entering by blanking the Mets in the top of the ninth and watching his team win it in the bottom of the inning.

It wasn't a cakewalk. Britton allowed two singles, but a double play helped him escape trouble.

Britton hasn't been lights-out lately. He has given up 10 hits over his last nine innings, but has been scored-upon just once during that stretch.


Orioles RP Zach Britton notches save Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton was able to close the door on the A's on Monday to receive his 29th save of the season.

Britton entered with a two-run lead and walked one batter before ending the 4-2 contest. He now has a 1.84 ERA on the season.


Orioles closer Zach Britton lights-out in preserving tie Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton was not called upon to close Saturday night against the Athletics. He was called upon to hold - and he did just that. He got rewarded with a win for his effort.

Britton arrived in a 3-3 tie and fanned two in retiring Oakland in order in the ninth. A game-winning homer by Chris Davis in the bottom of the inning kept him unbeaten in three decisions.

The right-hander rebounded nicely from a poor performance Friday in which he yielded two runs on four hits in one inning to the Athletics.


Orioles' Zach Britton blows second save of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton blew his first save since April 25, snapping a string of 24 consecutive save opportunities converted. 

Britton allowed two runs on four hits in the ninth inning, to tie the score and send the  game to extra innings. 


Orioles closer Zach Britton earns five-out save in Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) The way Buck Showalter apparently figures it, a save situation can hardly begin too soon for Orioles closer Zach Britton. Hence, a five-out save Monday in Seattle.

Britton, who pitched 2 1/3 innings in his last appearance, arrived with one on and one in the eighth. He sandwiched two strikeouts around a hit to escape that jam.

He then created another one in the ninth after an error and double play, though it was not all his fault. A double, wild pitch and passed ball off a strikeout resulted in a run and kept Seattle alive. But he fanned Jesus Montero to end it and earn his 28th save of the season.

Britton has given up just one earned run since June 23.


Orioles RP Zach Britton records 27th save on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/31/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the 8-7 win over the Tigers on Friday, recording his 27th save of the year. He worked around a one-out hit to close out the game.

Britton has converted all but one of his save chances this year and owns an impressive 1.71 ERA.


Orioles RP Zach Britton earns one-out save


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) It was a quick night of work for Orioles closer Zach Britton, who retired one batter Wednesday to pick up his 26th save and preserve his team's 2-0 win over the Braves.

Britton has converted three saves in his last five appearances, and has only allowed one run over his last 10 outings. Britton only needed five pitches to record the game's final out. 


Orioles closer Zach Britton strikes out three; earns save


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/26/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton showed off his dominance in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Rays.

Britton struck out three batters as he closed out the game and picked up his 25th save of the season. He made one mistake: a walk to Jake Elmore, before striking out the last two batters of the game.


Orioles RP Zach Britton gets save No. 24 on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his 24th save of the season in the 3-0 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Britton struck out two as he worked a perfect ninth inning to preserve the victory.

Britton has been spectacular this season, converting all but one of his save chances this season. He hasn't given up a run in his last seven outings, and owns a 1.67 ERA on the year.


O's not entertaining moving Zach Britton into rotation next season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Orioles reliever Zach Britton has been a pretty effective closer since taking over the role in 2014, which is why the team isn't currently entertaining any plans to move him back into the rotation, even if there is a need next season with Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris pending free agents.

"You never say never about anything, especially an organization that we try to keep in mind who we are and how we have to do things, but right now we don't have any plans to," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "He's operating at a very high level and that's where the need is. You never say never, but if not him, then who?

"We like where our starting pitching is for the most part and we like the role that Zach plays. And he's doing it obviously at a very high level, as good as anybody in baseball."

Britton is 18-17 with a 4.86 ERA in 46 career starts at the major-league level. He is 4-2 with a 1.61 ERA and 60 saves in 109 relief appearances.

"Zach just wants to contribute and his mentality fits well down there," Showalter said. "Not that it wouldn't as a starter. I think Zach would be successful in whatever he does."


Orioles' Zach Britton allows hit in 2/3 of inning in All Star Game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing a hit and striking out a batter in Tuesday's All Star Game. 

Britton entered with one out in the sixth inning and faced four batters. In addition to the hit, Britton allowed a baserunner after committing a throwing error.

Britton faced more batters than any Orioles pitcher in an All Star Game since George Sherrill in 2008.


Orioles' Zach Britton earns first win of year in relief


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his first win of the year, Friday against Washington. 

Britton entered a tie game and retired the side on 12 pitches to set the stage for the O's walk-off win. 

Britton had a perfect outing for the third time in the last four appearances. 


AL reserves announced for 2015 MLB All-Star game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The American League reserves for the 2015 MLB All-Star game were announced Monday and the following players were selected:

Catcher: Russell Martin, Blue Jays; Stephen Vogt, Athletics

First Base: Prince Fielder, Rangers; Albert Pujols, Angels (will start in place of injured Miguel Cabrera); Mark Teixeira, Yankees (replaces injured Cabrera on roster)

Second Base: Jason Kipnis, Indians

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias, Tigers

Third Base: Manny Machado, Orioles

Outfield: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays; Adam Jones, Orioles; J.D. Martinez, Tigers

Utility: Brock Holt, Red Sox

Starting Pitchers: Sonny Gray, Athletics; Felix Hernandez, Mariners; David Price, Tigers; Dallas Keuchel, Astros; Chris Sale, White Sox; Zach Britton, Orioles; Chris Archer, Rays

Relief Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Yankees; Brad Boxberger, Rays; Zach Britton, Orioles; Wade Davis, Royals; Kelvin Herrera, Royals; Darren O'Day, Orioles; Glen Perkins, Twins

The following players are eligible to be voted in during the final Fan Vote: SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox; OF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers; OF Brett Gardner, Yankees; 2B Brian Dozier, Twins; 3B Mike Moustakas, Royals


Orioles P Zach Britton picks up save against Rangers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton earned his 23rd save of the night in Wednesday night's 4-2 win over the Rangers. 

Britton pitched the ninth inning and struck out the side. That's the second consecutive performance for Britton where he didn't allow a hit. He now has an ERA of 1.82 this season. 


Zach Britton gets 22nd save of year for Orioles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton earned his 18th straight save and 22nd of the year, in Friday's win over Cleveland. 

Britton pitched a scoreless ninth to protect a one-run lead. Britton struck out one and gave up a hit, the third straight outing when he's allowed a base hit. 

"They are not always easy I guess," Britton said. "The last couple I've had some guys on and had to work out of it. For me, guys are starting to get aggressive on that sinker so it is just about execution on that first hitter, and the last couple of times it just hasn't been there. I learned last year you go through times where it seems like you have men on each time."


Orioles closer Zach Britton locks down 21st save Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning during Thursday's 8-6 win against the Red Sox for his 21st save.

Britton rebounded quickly after allowing a leadoff single to Jackie Bradley. He got Mookie Betts to pop out to shortstop. He struck out Brock Holt for the second out before finishing off the win by getting Xander Bogaerts to ground out to third base.

Thursday was just the second time in his last four outings that he didn't allow a run.


Orioles RP Zach Britton earns 20th save of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton recorded the final three outs of Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Red Sox to earn his 20th save of the season.

Despite earning the save, Britton did allow one run to score on one hit and one walk. He now has a 2.05 ERA. He has saved 20 of his 21 opportunities this season.


Orioles closer Zach Britton allows rare run, but still snags save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton won't proclaim his 19th save of the 2015 season a thing of beauty, but he notched it nevertheless.

Britton allowed a run on three hits in the ninth against Toronto. Fortunately, he arrived with a three-run lead.

Three singles, including one that scored a run off the bat of Jose Bautista, made things interesting. But Britton induced Edwin Encarnacion to hit into a double play and end the suspense.

The run was the first Britton has allowed in five weeks, which covers 14 appearances.


Orioles P Zach Britton picks up save against Phillies Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton earned his 18th save of the season in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the Phillies. 

Britton gave up one hit and one walk but didn't allow a run during his appearance in the ninth inning. He now has a 1.63 ERA this season. 


Orioles' Zach Britton pitches perfect ninth in non-save situation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton took the mound for the first time in four days to close out Monday's win over Philadelphia. 

It was a non-save situation, but Britton retired the side in order to protect a four-run lead. Britton struck out two and threw 12 strikes in 18 pitches. It snapped a string of saves in four straight outings. 


Orioles closer Zach Britton notches 17th save of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton closed out the ninth inning in his team's 6-5 win over the Red Sox on Thursday and earned his 17th save of the year.

Britton threw 11 pitches in the ninth, allowed one hit and struck out a batter before finishing off the game.

Britton has a 1.75 ERA with 33 strikeouts and just four walks in 25 2/3 innings this season.


Orioles P Zach Britton earns save in 1-0 victory over Red Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his 16th save of the season in Tuesday night's 1-0 win over the Red Sox. 

Britton came into the game in the eighth inning and went a total of 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters and walked one. He now has a 1.82 ERA for the season. Britton has recorded at least one strikeout in his past five games. 


Orioles' Zach Britton saves 11th straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's win over Cleveland. Britton preserved a three-run lead and earned his 15th save of the year. He has converted 11 straight opportunities. 

Britton gave up one hit and struck out two. 


Orioles closer Zach Britton shuts the door for 14th save


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton was called upon to get five outs on Thursday, and he did just that to secure his 14th save of the season and the 3-2 victory over the Astros. Britton struck out three in his perfect 1 2/3 innings pitched. 

Britton has now gone eight straight appearances without allowing a run and is 13-for-14 in save chances this season.