Bailey reaches 20 saves for third straight year

Bailey reaches 20 saves for third straight year

Bailey reaches 20 saves for third straight year
ARLINGTON -- A's closer Andrew Bailey recorded his 20th save Saturday, the third time he has reached that mark in three Major League seasons. Only 12 closers in the Majors have earned 20 or more saves in each of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Bailey recorded 26 saves in 2009, when he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, and had 25 saves in 2010. But he doesn't consider 20 to be any kind of milestone.

"If I get to 30 or 40, that will be pretty cool," he said.

Bailey hasn't reached those numbers yet, but he has been rock solid in the second half of each season he has pitched. Bailey is 35-for-35 in save opportunities after the All-Star break.