by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson blew his first save of the season Tuesday at home against the Padres. His streak of 35 consecutive regular-season saves came to an end.
Johnson gave up four hard hits in the ninth trying to protect a one-run lead. He was aided by a double play, but the Padres still scored twice off him to take over, 3-2. Johnson blew the save and took the loss to fall to 1-3 with a 1.80 ERA.
The last time Johnson blew a regular season save was July 27, 2012 against Oakland. He gave up six earned runs over 1/3 of an inning in that outing.
Jim Johnson reaches franchise milestone
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson entered Friday's contest against the Twins in the 10th inning with a three-run lead.
Johnson worked his way around a one-out single and needed just 10 pitches to secure a 9-6 victory. He struck out one in a scoreless frame as he picked up hsi 14ths ave of the season. He set a franchise record with 35 saves in as many chances, dating to last season.
Jim Johnson ties club record for consecutive saves
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson tied the Baltimore club record with 34 consecutive saves as he closed out the Royals Wednesday. Johnson is now tied with Randy Myers for the team record.
Johnson allowed a hit in the ninth inning, but needed just 10 pitches with the help of a double play to record his 13th save. He struck out a batter and is a perfect 13 for 13 in save situations this year.
Johnson is now tied with Pittsburgh's Jason Grilli for the major league lead in saves.
Jim Johnson records 12th save
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning Tuesday at home against the Royals to pick up his 12th save. Johnson took over the American League lead for the time being.
Johnson struck out a batter in his outing and has allowed just two earned runs all year over 17 innings with 15 strikeouts. He's 12 for 12 in save situations with a 1-2 record.
Jim Johnson earns save in extras
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson picked up his first save in a week on Saturday against the Angels. He came on in the 10th inning with a one-run lead and needed 11 pitches to retire the side in order.
Johnson collected his 11th save in a 5-4 win. The 29-year-old has converted all 11 of his save chances and has a 1.13 ERA through 16 appearances.
Jim Johnson reaches double-digit saves
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson entered Saturday's contest against the A's in the ninth inning with two on, no outs and a four-run lead. The right-hander gave up a single to load the bases but was able to get the following batter to fly out.
Johnson ended the threat by getting Jed Lowrie to ground into a game-ending double play.
The 29-year-old collected his 10th save in the 7-3 win.
Jim Johnson closes out A's
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson hung on to pick up his ninth save of the season against the Athletics Friday night.
Johnson, who entered the game in the ninth inning with a three-run lead, allowed a double to Jed Lowrie but made it out of the inning unscathed and secured a 3-0 victory. Johnson has converted all nine of his save opportunities and has a stifling 0.69 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Jim Johnson walks in winning run
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson gave up his first run of the season at a most inopportune time on Wednesday at home against the Blue Jays. Johnson ended up taking his second loss of the season.
The closer relieved Troy Patton in the top of the 10th inning and induced a fielder's choice off the bat of Jose Bautista. After the Orioles were thrown out at the plate to end the bottom of the 10th, Johnson came back out for the 11th.
He got the first two batters in the inning before allowing back-to-back singles and hitting Brett Lawrie with a pitch to load the bases. He then walked in the go-ahead run before Brian Matusz relieved him to end the inning. The Orioles couldn't score in the bottom of the 11th as Toronto won 6-5.
Johnson (1-2) gave up his first earned run of the year as his ERA is now at 0.75. He's 8 for 8 in save situations and has been lights out in that regard.
Jim Johnson mows 'em down for 8th save
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson made it 8 for 8 in save situations on Tuesday night at home against Toronto. Johnson closed out a 4-3 win in the top of the ninth.
The Baltimore closer, who closed out a major league high 51 games last year, allowed a hit in the ninth but also struck out two batters. He needed 13 pitches and his ERA remains perfect after 11 innings. He's struck out 11 over that span.
Jim Johnson records victory
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson was asked to pitch the top of the ninth inning in a 1-1 ballgame against Toronto Monday night. He walked away the winner after Baltimore walked off in the bottom of the ninth.
Johnson (1-1) pitched a 1-2-3 inning to help get the Orioles to the bottom half tied at one run apiece. Nick Markakis won it with a bases-loaded, walk-off single to left field.
Johnson struck out a batter and kept his ERA perfect this season. He remains atop the American League with seven saves.
Jim Johnson racks up seventh save
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson picked up his seventh save on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Dodgers. Johnson went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning in a 7-5 win.
Johnson needed just 13 pitches to go 7 for 7 in save chances this season. He struck out one batter and has yet to allow a run on the season. The 29-year-old is currently tied for the major league lead with seven saves after leading the majors with 51 last year.
Jim Johnson's no fluke
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Despite Jim Johnson leading the league in saves last season while posting a 2.49 ERA, Fantasy owners were not exactly rushing out to make sure they had the Orioles closer on their side this season.
Johnson's lack of track record and strikeouts likely made Fantasy owners worry that his 51-save season a year ago was a fluke. As a result, Johnson was just the ninth reliever drafted on average in CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues coming into the season. So far, he has followed his breakout campaign nicely.
Johnson moved into the American League saves lead Tuesday, as the Orioles continue to play in plenty of close games. Johnson has six strikeouts and two walks in seven innings, while appearing in more than half of Baltimore's games. Johnson has yet to allow a run this season, after posting consecutive season with a sub-3.00 ERA.
Manager Buck Showalter really trusts Johnson for a big workload, which should make Fantasy owners trust him, too.
Jim Johnson takes over AL saves lead
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson made it 6 for 6 in save situations as he closed out the Rays on Tuesday. Johnson once again went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to close out a 5-4 win.
Johnson, who needed 16 pitches with nine going for strikes, got two solid plays from his infield and another groundout to earn the save.
The closer, who led the majors with 51 saves last year and set an Orioles franchise record, is once again leading the American League in that category.
Jim Johnson perfect for fifth save
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson entered Saturday's contest against the Yankees in the ninth inning with a three-run lead. The right-handed needed six pitches to retire the side in order and secure a 5-2 win.
Johnson has converted all five of his save chances while not surrendering a run in six innings pitched.
Jim Johnson closes out Red Sox
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/12/2013) Orioles pitcher Jim Johnson (0-1) worked around a one-out single in the ninth inning to register his fourth save of the season during Baltimore's 3-2 victory over Boston on Thursday night. Johnson tallied two strikeouts during his fifth appearance of the season while maintaining his perfect ERA.
Jim Johnson closes out comeback in Boston
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson pitched the bottom of the ninth inning in Boston Wednesday after Baltimore scored five runs in the top of the inning to take an 8-5 lead.
The Baltimore closer, who led the league last year with 51 saves, went 1-2-3 against the Red Sox to pick up save No. 3. Johnson struck out a batter and needed 18 pitches.
Johnson has appeared in four games and has allowed only an unearned run with four strikeouts.
Jim Johnson allows unearned run, takes loss
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson took the loss Saturday, pitching the ninth inning of a tie game and allowing an unearned run on one hit and one walk while striking out two. Since it wasn't a save situation, Johnson is still a perfect 2 for 2 in save opportunities in 2013.
Jim Johnson notches second save
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson was called upon in the ninth inning of Baltimore's game against the Rays Thursday with his team leading 6-2 and runners on first and second. He allowed an RBI single to the first batter he faced and a walk later in the inning but escaped with his second save of the year.
Johnson got an assist from the officiating crew when Evan Longoria was ruled out for passing runner Ben Zobrist on the basepaths after an RBI base hit. The closer exits the Orioles' first series of the year with two saves, one strikeout and a 1.50 WHIP.
Jim Johnson records first save for Orioles
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) Closer Jim Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves last year and set an Orioles' team record, picked up save No. 1 Tuesday in Tampa Bay.
Johnson gave up a hit in the ninth inning, but recorded a strikeout and induced a double play. He needed just 13 pitches, eight going for strikes.
The 30-year-old Johnson struggled over the spring, allowing five runs over seven innings with a 1.571 WHIP. That said, he pitched to a 2.49 ERA last year over 71 appearances for a 1.019 WHIP and got his 2013 season started in a positive fashion with the save Tuesday.
Jim Johnson with more spring struggles
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson had another poor inning of work on Monday in a Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox. Johnson surrendered a two-run homer with two outs to Jonny Gomes in the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits and no walks over his inning of work without a strikeout. His spring ERA is now at 7.50.
Johnson has now allowed five earned runs in his last two appearances spanning two innings with six hits allowed. He's missing up in the zone and when that happens it translates into pitches getting hit hard.
Johnson saved an Orioles' record 51 games last season.
Jim Johnson struggles in spring appearance
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson struggled Saturday against the Phillies in Grapefruit League action.
The closer, who saved an Orioles' record 51 games last season, allowed three runs and four hits in an inning. He struck out the side.
Johnson had pitched four scoreless innings before Saturday. The strikeouts were rare, considering he finished last year with more saves (51) than Ks (41).
Johnson finally gets to pitch
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/6/2013) Making his spring debut against Spain's World Baseball Classic team Wednesday, Orioles closer Jim Johnson allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of work. He also recorded a strikeout. Manager Buck Showalter opted to hold Johnson out for the first couple weeks of spring training after calling on him 76 times between the regular season and playoffs last year.
O's being cautious with Johnson
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (2/21/2013) MLB.com reports Thursday that the Orioles are taking a cautious approach with closer Jim Johnson during spring training. Johnson, who agreed on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration earlier in February, is not dealing with any injuries. In fact, the Orioles want to take a cautious approach to the 29-year-old in order to keep him fresh through the course of the season. "I'm where I need to be," Johnson said. "Now when I take the mound, I'm able to work on something specific instead of trying to build up arm strength and stuff. That's what before spring training [is for], to use that time to build up arm strength. And get used to throwing out of your delivery."
O's, Johnson avoid arbitration
(2/8/2013) The Orioles and closer Jim Johnson agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Johnson posted a 2.49 ERA in 71 appearances last season and converted 51 of 54 save chances.