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Arthur Rhodes eclipses Darren Oliver

4/25/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Darren Oliver broke a record that stood for 20 years Saturday night. It didn't stand 20 hours.

Clubhouse neighbor and fellow lefty sage Arthur Rhodes is now the oldest Ranger ever to record a save, getting the last out in Sunday's 8-7 win over Kansas City. Rhodes did it at 41 years and 182 days, which trumps Oliver closing down Saturday's victory at 40 years and 199 days.

"It only lasted a day," Rhodes quipped. "I'm happy about it. Now I've got Darren Oliver beat."

Goose Gossage held the previous club mark at 40 years and 18 days, set in 1991. Rhodes is now the eighth-oldest lefty to record a save in the majors since it became an official stat in 1969. Oliver was the 10th oldest, and now drops to No. 11.

Rhodes, in his first season with Texas after the last two in Cincinnati, has 33 career saves under his belt. His last had been in 2008 with Florida. Going out there with the game on the line did stir something in the 20-year vet.

"You get pumped up a little," Rhodes admitted, "but you just have to stay calm."

Rhodes should get more chances to trump himself as the Rangers go with a closer-by-committee approach with Neftali Feliz on the DL.