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Shawn Tolleson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Shawn Tolleson surrendered three runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning Saturday to blow a save and take a loss against the Padres.
It's Tolleson's first blown save in 14 chances as a closer this year, so the Rangers can't complain. He hadn't even picked up one as a setup man before ascending to the closer's role. His job is safe unless he fails to bounce back in his next couple of outings. Jul 12 - 1:51 AM

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Shawn Tolleson worked around trouble Friday against the Padres for his 13th save of the season.

After entering the ninth inning with a one-run lead, Tolleson gave up a leadoff infield single to Will Venable and later walked Yonder Alonso with two outs, but he managed to strike out Matt Kemp swinging to escape the jam and finish off the victory. The 27-year-old has been really solid since taking over the closer role in mid-May and owns a 2.45 ERA and 40/8 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings on the year.
Jul 11 - 12:13 AM

Shawn Tolleson worked a perfect ninth inning against the Orioles on Thursday, protecting a two-run advantage to earn his 12th save of the season.

Tolleson continues to excel in his ninth inning role, converting each of his first 12 save chances while registering a 2.60 ERA and 35/7 K/BB ratio over 34 2/3 innings. There's no reason to believe at this point that he won't keep the closer's gig for the remainder of the season.
Jul 2 - 10:41 PM

Shawn Tolleson allowed a run but still grabbed his 11th save as the Rangers hung on for an 8-6 win against the Orioles on Tuesday.

Tolleson got two quick outs on ground outs, but walked J.J. Hardy. Hardy moved to second on defensive indifference, then Travis snider knocked him in with a single to right field. Tolleson bounced back and struck out Ryan Flaherty to end the game. The right-hander has yet to blow a save in 11 chances and now has a 2.67 ERA with a 34/7 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings.
Jun 30 - 10:11 PM

Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the White Sox for his 10th save of the season.

It wasn't easy, as Tolleson issued a two-out walk to Geovany Soto before hitting Adam Eaton with a pitch, but he got Melky Cabrera to pop out to second base to end the game. The 27-year-old is 10-for-10 in save chances since taking over the closer role for Texas and has a 2.53 ERA and 33/6 K/BB ratio over 32 innings.
Jun 19 - 11:52 PM

Shawn Tolleson tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Dodgers on Monday for his ninth save of the season.

Tolleson allowed a leadoff single to Howie Kendrick, but retired the next three batters he faced to secure the victory. The 27-year-old has a 2.67 ERA and 33/5 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings this season and has been excellent since taking over as the Rangers' closer last month.
Jun 15 - 11:46 PM

Shawn Tolleson slammed the door on the Athletics in the ninth inning, finalizing Tuesday's 2-1 win.

Tolleson gave up a two-out single to Marcus Semien, but got Billy Burns to pop up to end the ballgame. The right-hander is perfect in eight save opportunities thus far with a 2.63 ERA and a 32/4 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. The Rangers couldn't have asked for a better performance after booting Neftali Feliz out of the closer's role.
Jun 10 - 1:18 AM

Shawn Tolleson notched his seventh save of the season Saturday in the Rangers' defeat of the Royals.

Tolleson allowed a one-out solo homer to Salvador Perez and a two-out single to Jarrod Dyson, but he whiffed Alcides Escobar on a hotly-debated check swing call to end the game. Tolleson has a cool 2.77 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 32/4 K/BB ratio in 26 innings this season.
Jun 6 - 5:11 PM

Shawn Tolleson tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Red Sox for his sixth save of the season.

Tolleson has been spotless since taking over as Rangers' closer and hasn't allowed a run since way back on May 7. The 27-year-old has posted a quality 2.70 ERA with 30 strikeouts and just four walks over 23 1/3 innings so far this season.
May 29 - 11:15 PM

Shawn Tolleson threw a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to earn his fifth save of the season against the Indians.

Tolleson hit Carlos Santana but was otherwise flawless in the outing. He's now a perfect 5-for-5 in save opportunities since taking over as the Rangers' closer. The right-hander has a 2.82 ERA and 1.03 WHIP through 22 1/3 innings this year.
May 27 - 12:02 AM

Shawn Tolleson needed just eight pitches to retire the Indians in order and record a save in Monday's victory.

Tolleson struck out Brandon Moss to lead off the frame and then got a lineout and a groundout to preserve the two-run win. The righty has struck out six while allowing just three baserunners and no runs in converting all four of his save chances since taking over the closer role. With a ridiculous 30/4 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings, Tolleson looks like a good bet to keep the gig for a while.
May 25 - 8:23 PM

Shawn Tolleson struck out all three hitters that he faced on Sunday, preserving a three-run lead against the Yankees to earn his third save of the week.

It looks as though he's running away with the closer's job in Texas as Tolleson has converted each of his first three chances with ease. The right-hander now boasts a 3.10 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 20 1/3 innings on the season. He needs to be scooped up in any mixed leagues where he may still be available.
May 24 - 11:36 PM

Shawn Tolleson earned a save for the second straight day with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Red Sox.

The Rangers were prepared to bring Tolleson into a 3-1 game in bottom of the ninth, but they also had Neftali Feliz warming up in case they scored a couple of runs in the top of the inning. Tolleson pitched around a leadoff double tonight, striking out the last two batters he faced. Consider him the Rangers' closer until he blows one. That said, he might get Friday off now, potentially putting Feliz in line for a save chance.
May 21 - 10:11 PM

Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Tolleson didn't exactly lock it down. He gave up a one-out double to Mookie Betts in a one-run game, which was followed by a well-hit flyout from Dustin Pedroia, an intentional walk of David Ortiz and a sharp one-hopper from Hanley Ramirez hit right at the second baseman. It was Tolleson's first career save in his 123rd career relief appearance. He should remain the favorite for saves until Neftali Feliz convinces the Rangers he's ready for another shot.
May 20 - 10:56 PM

Shawn Tolleson (forearm) is expected to avoid the disabled list.

Indications had been when Tolleson injured his forearm a couple weeks ago that he would surely need a DL stint, but he's now been given a clean bill of health and will appear in a Cactus League game Friday. He had an impressive 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings last season.
Apr 3 - 4:00 PM

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