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Reed credits Ventura for quick transition to bigs

Reed credits Ventura for quick transition to bigs

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Reed credits Ventura for quick transition to bigs
CHICAGO -- When Addison Reed fanned Russell Martin to pick up his 22nd save with the completion of Monday night's 9-6 win over the Yankees, the right-handed reliever kept the baseball.

Reed didn't hang on to the ball because the save broke the single-season franchise record for rookies that Reed had shared with Salome Barojas (21 in 1982). It's just something he has been doing during the course of this season.

"I actually have all the baseballs from all my saves," Reed said. "It's not like I kept that one just because it was the record. I keep all of them.

"To be honest, I didn't even know I tied it until, I think, the day after I did it. It's nothing I pay attention to. I was happy to get out there and get another save. It doesn't mean anything to me. I just go out there and pitch. It's a nice accomplishment once the season is over, but as long as we keep winning, I'll be happy."

With 47 appearances under his belt and with just 40 regular-season games remaining for the White Sox after Tuesday, Reed certainly doesn't feel like a rookie anymore. Because of the way the White Sox handle their business, Reed actually never felt that way.

"From position players to the pitchers, everybody is awesome," said Reed, also giving major credit to manager Robin Ventura and his staff for the comfort level he feels as a rookie. "They don't treat us out of the ordinary. They don't treat us bad.

"In the past, I've heard rookies are usually kind of treated a little differently. But they treat us awesome up here, and we all feel a part of the team."

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