WASHINGTON -- Pitching in the 10th inning of a 3-3 deadlock, as Addison Reed did on Sunday against the Mariners, doesn't exactly qualify as a non-pressure situation or a time for the closer just to get some work. But by the letter of the rule, Reed was pitching in a non-save situation.
Throughout those particular outings during the 2012 season, Reed posted a 6.20 ERA, compared with a 3.56 ERA over his 33 save opportunities. So his scoreless frame -- and eventual victory -- was a good first step forward.
"I know last year my ERA was way up in non-save situations," Reed said. "That was a big question everybody would ask me, if I had a different mind-set or whatever. I mean, I took the same mind-set [on Sunday] as I did in all non-save situations last year."
Reed had a hand in each of the White Sox first-week victories and will be ready to protect the lead when given his next ninth-inning chance. And he isn't worried if that next outing comes in a non-save scenario.
"Like I keep saying, I think it was purely coincidence last season," he said of his non-save struggles. "Every time I go out there, I'm trying to go 1-2-3."
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