OAKLAND -- Rays closer Fernando Rodney earned his 30th save Sunday against the Angels in the Rays' 103rd game. In doing so, he became the quickest player in club history to reach 30 saves. Rafael Soriano reached the mark in the Rays' 104th game in 2010.
Rodney is just the fourth pitcher since saves became an official statistic in 1969 to earn 30 saves and have a sub-1.00 ERA prior to the 104th game of the season.
Others who have done so are Oakland's Dennis Eckersly (1990, 32 saves and 0.81 ERA), Atlanta's John Smoltz (2003, 39, 0.83) and Seattle's J.J. Putz (2007, 31, 0.89). Entering Monday night's game, Rodney had a 0.77 ERA.]
"He's been a great surprise," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Just think about where he came from and where he got to this year. Then to do the two [saves] down there [over the weekend in Anaheim, where Rodney pitched the past two seasons], I know that was special for him based on what had happened the last couple of years. I was real happy for him."