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Craig Kimbrel ties rookie saves record

Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 23: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Atlanta Braves looks for the catcher’s signs in the 9th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Braves defeated the Cubs 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Braves closer Craig Kimbrel notched his 40th save to tie the major league rookie record set last season by Neftali Feliz. He leads the majors in saves. The guy has been nearly untouchable all summer, and and has now tossed 31 and two-thirds straight scoreless innings since June 11. During that time he has been perfect in 22 save opportunities.

Last night’s was a little more dicey than usual, with a Jason Heyward error allowing a runner to reach second before Kimbrel took care of business by striking out Tyler Colvin.

I’m assuming that the Heyward bobble will trump the Heyward grand slam in Fredi Gonzalez’s mind when he makes out the lineup card tonight.