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Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30: Closer Mariano Rivera #42 delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on August 30, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 8-5. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera.

The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than four:

9 - Hoffman, Rivera
4 - Dennis Eckersley, Jose Mesa, Robb Nen, Francisco Rodriguez, John Wetteland
3 - Heath Bell, Armando Benitez, Francisco Cordero, Eric Gagne, Craig Kimbrel, Joe Nathan, Jeff Reardon, Jeff Shaw, Lee Smith, John Smoltz, Jose Valverde

Earlier this year, Rivera passed Hoffman for the lead in 30-save seasons, 15-14. Next on that list is Lee Smith with 10 and Billy Wagner with nine. Among active pitchers, Joe Nathan has eight (including this year) and Jonathan Papelbon seven (not yet including this year).

Rivera and Gagne are also the only relievers with a pair of 50-save seasons.

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