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Zach Britton | Relief Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Zach Britton retired all four Yankees batters he faced Tuesday night to convert his second save of the season.
Britton came on with two outs in the eighth inning to help see the Orioles out of a jam. He did so in getting Brian McCann to ground out. In the ninth, he got three more ground outs for an easy save. Britton was money in the ninth inning for the O's last season and has been superb to start the 2015 campaign. Apr 14 - 10:04 PM

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Zach Britton earned his first save of the season Tuesday, striking out the side to close out the Rays.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Britton worked over Tim Beckham, Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Guyer to preserve the victory. The save was likely the first of many for the left-hander, who locked down 37 saves for the Orioles last season.
Apr 7 - 11:13 PM

Zach Britton got a strikeout and two groundouts in a perfect inning of relief on Wednesday.

Britton lost the strike zone in the ALCS against the Royals last year, but he's had no such issues so far while throwing three scoreless innings this spring. He projects as one of the AL's top closers.
Mar 11 - 3:58 PM

Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million contract.

The deal includes $300,000 in performance bonuses based on games finished. The $3.2 million figure is the exact midpoint between the two sides' figures exchanged last month, and it's also exactly where MLBTradeRumors.com projected Britton's 2015 salary. Britton has a solid hold on the Orioles' closer job heading into the season.
Feb 4 - 6:18 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports the Orioles and Zach Britton have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal.

The terms of the deal weren't immediately available. Britton asked for $4.2 million while the O's offered $2.2 million when the sides exchanged figures in January. Britton, 27, came out of nowhere to post a 1.65 ERA with 37 saves for the Orioles last season. He'll enter spring as the team's closer.
Feb 4 - 6:08 PM

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette admitted Saturday that the team would still like to add another bullpen arm before the season.

The O's are set at the back end with Zach Britton reprising his role as the team's closer and Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter returning in their setup capacity. While the free agent market for viable relievers is thinning, there are still intriguing low-risk options who could provide depth.
Jan 31 - 11:04 AM

Zach Britton requested $4.2 million and was offered $2.2 million when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com's projected falls exactly at the midpoint of the figures at $3.2 million. It's a large gap that the two sides will have to bridge in order to avoid a hearing in February.
Jan 16 - 5:43 PM

Zach Britton couldn't keep the Royals off the scoreboard in the ninth inning of Saturday's ALCS Game 2, allowing two runs to score in the loss.

Britton entered with a runner on first base and the game tied 4-4. Mike Moustakas sacrificed the runner to second to give Britton an easy first out, but an Alcides Escobar double broke the tie and a Lorenzo Cain single through a drawn-in infield two batters later padded their lead. The disappointing effort came a day after Britton walked the bases loaded in Friday's Game 1. The left-hander had a stellar 1.65 ERA during the regular season, but he's been nothing short of shaky thus far in the ALCS.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 08:30:00 PM

Zach Britton has left the Orioles to be present for the birth of his child.

Britton's wife is scheduled to have induced labor Monday night in California. The Orioles' closer is expected to be back with the team in time for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals on Friday.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Zach Britton surrendered a run on a pair of doubles in the ninth inning on Sunday, but was able to bear down and slam the door on the Tigers season by preserving a 2-1 victory.

Britton has been utterly dominant since assuming the closer's role from Tommy Hunter early in the season, and along with the rest of the setup corps has been a big factor in the Orioles success this season. Andrew Miller was able to bridge the gap from starter Bud Norris to him, retiring all five hitters that he faced in the sixth and seventh innings.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Zach Britton struck out one of a scoreless inning in Friday's win over the Tigers.

The Orioles took a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning and Britton closed the door with ease in the top of the ninth, getting two groundouts and a strikeout. It's the left-hander's first career postseason save after he notched 37 saves in the regular season.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 04:17:00 PM

Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth in a 1-0 game Sunday for his 37th save.

Britton didn't notch 50 saves like Jim Johnson did each of the last two years, but with a 1.65 ERA, he turned in one of the best seasons ever for an Orioles closer. He was 37-for-41 saving games, and he pitched 76 1/3 innings, a particularly high total for a closer these days.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 04:19:00 PM

Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 36th save, wrapping up the Orioles' 5-4 win against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Britton allowed a two-out single to Brett Gardner, but was able to strike out Derek Jeter to end the contest without any problem. The lefty is now 36-for-40 in save chances with a 1.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and a 61/22 K/BB ratio.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 11:18:00 PM

Zach Britton got into trouble but escaped without harm Tuesday, throwing a scoreless inning to earn the save against the Red Sox.

Protecting a three-run lead, Britton walked leadoff hitter Xander Bogaerts and gave up a double to Carlos Rivero, but he caught a break when Bogaerts was gunned down at home for the first out. He recovered to get the next two outs without incident, earning his 34th save. He's been shaky in recent outings -- Britton has allowed seven baserunners in his last four innings of work -- possibly as a result of throwing 30 more innings than last season. But he remains the O's unquestioned closer with only a few weeks left to play.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 11:18:00 PM

Zach Britton suffered an undeserving blown save Sunday, allowing an unearned run against the Rays.

The Rays were gifted a baserunner with a leadoff error, and a single, sacrifice and RBI groundout gave Britton the blown save. The blown save was his fourth of the season. Britton still owns a 1.82 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the season, and Sunday's bump in the road won't do anything to change his status as the Orioles' closer.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 07:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Ryan Flaherty
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Everth Cabrera
3B1Manny Machado
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Delmon Young
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Travis Snider
2David Lough
DH1Steve Pearce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7Jason Garcia
8Kevin Gausman
9Eddie Gamboa