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Orioles' Zach Britton named Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year

Orioles closer Zach Britton, who in 2016 turned in one of the best single-season performances by a reliever, was named Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year before Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night.

The Rivera award is given to the league’s top relief pitcher, as selected by a panel of top retired relievers. The Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year, awarded to the NL’s best reliever, was given to Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

Britton was a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities in 2016, recording the longest save streak to start a season by a left-handed pitcher in major league history and the third longest...

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