Addison Reed enjoying his homecoming

May, 18, 2013
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Arritt By Dan Arritt
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When a former Cy Young Award winner knows you by name, even before reaching the big leagues, you must be doing something right.

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AP Photo/Jae C. HongAddison Reed, who grew up in Southern California, got his second consecutive save against the Angels on Friday night.
That's how it was for Addison Reed when he joined the Chicago White Sox in 2011, a wide-eyed Southern California native who became familiar to Jake Peavy while Reed played for San Diego State.

"We kind of knew of each other before we played together," said Peavy, who pitched for the San Diego Padres when Reed was in college. "Next thing I know, Addison's in the clubhouse with me."

Reed, who grew up about 30 miles northeast of Angel Stadium in Rancho Cucamonga, has done more than keep a seat warm in the bullpen the last two seasons. He recorded his 14th save Friday night in a 3-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels, tying for third most in the majors.

"I like pitching here," he said of Angel Stadium. "If I'm pitching, it means we have the lead and, secondly, it's kind of fun to pitch in front of family I haven't seen in a while."

Reed's parents, girlfriend and a couple of high school friends were in the stands Friday. A couple of other close acquaintances plan to come see him Saturday.

Reed also closed Thursday's win against the Angels but can't think of any reason not to come back out for a third consecutive day, or even a fourth, if needed.

"I've worked three days in a row twice this year and the third day my body and my arm felt fine, and the fourth day everything felt fine," he said. "I was ready to go those fourth days."

Peavy, who won his Cy Young in 2007 with the Padres, has been impressed with Reed from the first day they met.

"When you watch the maturity level with Addison, it's kind of like that California cool that we all talk about," he said. "He gets it, there's just no other way to say it. He gets how to be prepared, how to stay under control, no matter what the situation is in front of him."

Reed was tested two weeks ago when he suffered his only blown save this season in a 6-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals. He came back the next night and delivered a nine-pitch save in a 2-1 victory against the same team.

"To be able to let that go and come back the next day is just mature beyond his years," Peavy said.

Reed's Southern California ties also bring light-hearted ribbing from teammates, who tell him the smoggy weather may have something to do with his quirky personality, but he looks forward to coming home every chance he gets.

"I love it out here and I think everyone else enjoys coming out here," he said. "Who wouldn't want to play in 75-80 degree weather every day?"

Even if it means pitching against the team he grew up rooting for.

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