ST. PETERSBURG -- Sitting in Fernando Rodney's locker is a ball from his first game with the Rays.
The ball from his 100th career save on Saturday won't be next to it, though. Instead, Rodney gave it to a fan who will soon be turning 100. The reliever admitted that he knew that it was a milestone mark, but isn't concerned about stats.
"I really don't count [saves], I know I've had too many opportunities," Rodney said. "The only thing I think is, keep working. If I continue what I do, then maybe I get more opportunities to do something."
Rodney became the 127th pitcher in Major League history to achieve the feat, and is 13-for-13 in save opportunities this season.
The 35-year-old made short work of Atlanta's final three batters in the ninth, forcing three flyouts. Rodney had good command of his fastball, but it was his changeup that allowed him to pitch effectively.
"I always have command of the changeup," Rodney said. "Sometimes on my fastball, I think I try to do it too quick. On the changeup, I got the right timing and delivered the ball. When I get the combination, that's good."