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Johnson records 100th save in O's victory

Major League leader 28-for-33 in opportunities this season

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Jim Johnson picked up the 100th save of his career Sunday night, shutting the door on the Yankees in a 4-2 victory to complete a three-game home sweep.

It was his Major League-leading 28th save of the season, after he converted 51 of 54 chances a year ago.

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Johnson, not normally one to acknowledge his own numbers, said this one is an exception.

"Yeah, I think that's cool," Johnson said. "I usually don't get caught up in stuff like that, but that was pretty cool. Never would have thought."

Johnson is frequently understated about his own accomplishments, and he held true to form Sunday.

"It's a stat that's more reflective of how the team plays," Johnson said. "You've got to give credit to everybody that's been a part of it."

Manager Buck Showalter has used Johnson in 41 contests through the team's first 83 games this season and said he's looked for ways to rest his closer. Showalter doesn't often publicly play up milestones, either.

"I don't think Jimmy dwells on those things," Showalter said of the career milestone. "We were finally able to give him some rest [Friday and Saturday]. He was a lot crisper tonight … And with the off-day tomorrow, he should be in good shape."

Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for

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