Rangers newcomer gets the save


ARLINGTON -- You don't see a three inning save too often but Saturday night Yoshinori Tateyama recorded his first save of his career after pitching three innings of the Rangers 10-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

In his three innings of work, Tateyama allowed two hits, one run, it was unearned with one strikeout.

"This is my first save in the United States, so I'm happy for that," said Tateyama, who was making just his second appearance in a big league game after getting called up from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. "More important to me, I dedicate it to the team and it makes me happy."

Tateyama became the seventh Japanese pitcher to pick up a three inning save. Atlanta's Kenshin Kawakami was the last to do it on Sept. 21, 2009 at the New York Mets.

Tateyama has several bags of baseballs in his stall. One is from his first strikeout, first game he pitched in, Saturday night's and a few others. He showed reporters the clear bag the balls are in and plans to save them. He's hoping he doesn't mix any of the baseball up.