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Reed poised to become club's fourth with 40 saves

Reed poised to become club's fourth with 40 saves

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CHICAGO -- Addison Reed needs just five more saves to become the fourth closer in White Sox history to reach 40 in a single season. Bobby Thigpen (57 in 1990), Keith Foulke (42 in 2001) and Bobby Jenks (41 in 2006; 40 in 2007) hit that lofty plateau.

But with the club's recent hot streak producing 14 wins in 20 games, the right-hander hopes to move well past 40.

"Forty would be nice, but I mean, it would be nice to get 50 because that means we are winning those ballgames," said Reed, who was a candidate for American League Player of the Week with four saves. "The more I get, the better it is because we are winning. I'm going to try to get as many as possible.

"That's something that once the season is over with and I look back at it, I think it will be even cooler. But right now, if I have two more save chances, I'll try to get those. If I have 10 more, I'll try to get those."

Reed hit a snag in the ninth inning of Monday night's 10-8 loss to the Astros, allowing back-to-back homers to Matt Dominguez and Chris Carter.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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