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Jim Johnson reaches milestone but will save reflection for later

By Dan Connolly

1:14 AM EDT, August 22, 2012

Arlington, Texas

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        Jim Johnson is now officially in second place in the Orioles' record books.

      With a perfect ninth inning Tuesday night, Johnson picked up his 38th save this season. That ties Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney for most in the majors.

       Perhaps more impressive, Johnson is now second in Orioles history with most saves in a season, breaking a tie with Gregg Olson, who had 37 in 1990. The only one ahead of him is Randy Myers, who had 45 saves in 1997.

        So, does that place in Orioles history mean a lot to Johnson, the consummate team guy?

       “No, not yet. We’ll see where we are at at the end of the year, honestly,” Johnson said. “People tell me all the time where I’m at and this and that, and that’s great. But honestly I just keep looking ahead to the next game, the next game, the next series. And I think that is the right mindset to go about our business. But at the end of the year we’ll see where we’re at.”

       That’s Johnson.

      So here’s Buck Showalter to add a little perspective on his closer:

      “It’s fun to watch. … The club has so much confidence in him. But they don’t ever assume,” Showalter said. “How hard it is to do what he does, especially on the road in tough venues. He’s closed a bunch of one-run games on the road.”