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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: 109.28
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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. 


Orioles closer Zach Britton earns 13th save Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Six appearances. Six saves. That has been how the last 11 days have gone for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Britton nailed another one down Thursday in the second game of a doubleheader against the White Sox. He finished with a flourish, fanning pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez.

He has pitched scoreless ball in 16 of his 19 games.


Orioles closer Zach Britton notches 12th save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked a nearly perfect ninth inning on Wednesday in Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Astros, earning his 12th save of the season.

Britton got the first two outs of the inning without any issue, but allowed a double down the line to Jose Altuve. Then, Preston Tucker hit a shot to left field, but Travis Snider made a fantastic catch to finish the game. Britton lowered his ERA to 2.45 in 18 1/3 innings of work this season.


Orioles' Zach Britton earns 11th save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his 11th save on Monday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 4-3 win over the Astros.

Britton struck out one while throwing just 10 pitches in the save. It's his fourth straight scoreless outing and his third without allowing a runner on base. He owns a 2.60 ERA and 23:3 K:BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings.


Orioles P Zach Britton picks up save against Mariners


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his ninth save of the season during Thursday afternoon's 5-4 win over the Mariners. 

Britton entered the game in the top of the ninth inning and got two strikeouts and a groundout to seal the win for Baltimore. 

After a poor performance on May 16 against the Angels, Britton has fared well in his last two save opportunities. However, it's the first time since a May 3 game against the Rays that he's gone a full inning or more without allowing a hit. 


Orioles' Zach Britton picks up eighth save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton gave up two hits on Sunday but was able to keep any runners from scoring to secure his eighth save in his team's 3-0 win over the Angels.

Britton had been off for several days when he took the mound in a nonsave situation Saturday and gave up three earned runs on four hits in one inning of work, and though he gave up a pair of two-out singles on Sunday, he fared much better in the save opportunity.

"If anything, I was just a little strong and that's kind of been an issue with me," Britton said of Saturday's outing, per MASNSports.com. "The more rest I get, the harder it is, especially right away. They were swinging the bats early, too. All the balls they hit well were balls that were up. It's just a matter of really making a conscious effort to throw the ball down.

"It's a frustrating outing because you know that you're getting your work in, but at the same time I don't want to give up hits and I don't want to give up runs. I want to keep the game close for our offense. It was a little frustrating that I couldn't get the ball down right away.

"Once we get on a roll, the opportunities will be there. Last year, I felt like I was in the game a lot. I haven't had that yet this year. Sometimes that helps, but if anything, I think you learn that you've got to stay focused. I know when I'm not getting a lot of chances, there are things I've got to focus on when I go out there. I can't just go out there and go through the motions. I've got to make a conscious effort to get the ball down. That's big."

Britton has recorded eight saves in nine chances and owns a 3.00 ERA and 20:3 K:BB ratio in 15 innings.


Orioles' Zach Britton allows two hits before slamming door for save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Zach Britton (S, 7) came on in the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead for the Orioles and despite allowing two hits, Britton retired the side to earn the save against the Blue Jays.

Britton fanned the first two batters and then allowed consecutive singles before getting the third out.

Britton now has 18 strike outs in 13 innings this season.