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How will Orioles’ Zach Britton be remembered: For how well he pitched or the time he didn’t?

How will Orioles’ Zach Britton be remembered: For how well he pitched or the time he didn’t?

Before his non-use in the Orioles' extra-inning loss in the wild-card game became a tipping point for all of baseball, and before his perfect season was overlooked by Cy Young Award voters, Zach Britton already had an inkling that his most valuable outings weren't his conventional ninth-inning saves.

His favorites of 2016, he said as the regular season wound down, were a five-out save on a warm June night in Boston, and a two-inning stint in Toronto on July 31, when he pitched clean ninth and 10th inning.

That the latter came in almost identical circumstances to the night his season ended — when a controversial decision by manager Buck Showalter to hold him for a save...

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