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Orioles closer Zach Britton finishes second in AL Reliever of the Year voting

Orioles closer Zach Britton finishes second in AL Reliever of the Year voting
Orioles closer Zach Britton. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Orioles closer Zach Britton missed winning the first-ever Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award, finishing tied for second place behind Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland.

New York Yankees setup man Dellin Betances tied Britton for second place. Major League Baseball announced the award winners before Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

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Britton stepped in as the Orioles' closer in May and finished the season with 37 saves in 41 opportunities. The 26-year-old left-hander had a 1.65 ERA, struck out 62 batters and allowed 46 hits in 76 1/3 innings.

Holland converted 46 of 48 save opportunities and had a 1.44 ERA for the AL champions.

Craig Kimbrel, of the Atlanta Braves, won the inaugural Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year Award after leading the NL in saves (47) and with a 1.61 ERA.

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