MLB: Arizona 6, New York Mets 3

PHOENIX, July 29 (UPI) -- Gerardo Parra went 3-for-4 with two RBI singles and Ryan Wheeler supplied the go-ahead, run-scoring hit Saturday in Arizona's 6-3 win over the New York Mets.

MLB: Milwaukee 9, Arizona 4

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Jonathan Lucroy's RBI on a suicide squeeze triggered a big sixth inning Sunday that carried Milwaukee to a 9-4 win over Arizona in NL divisional series play.

MLB: Pittsburgh 9, Milwaukee 8

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Alex Presley went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI Monday and the Pittsburgh Pirates outslugged Milwaukee 9-8.

MLB: Milwaukee 4, Houston 0

HOUSTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Shawn Marcum shut the Astros out on one hit over seven innings Sunday and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep with a 4-0 win over Houston.

MLB: Milwaukee 1, Pittsburgh 0

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Yuniesky Betancourt homered in the second inning Saturday and the single run was enough to carry the Milwaukee Brewers to a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh.

MLB: Milwaukee 4, Colorado 3

DENVER, July 17 (UPI) -- Shawn Marcum and four relievers stopped Colorado on seven hits Sunday and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Rockies 4-3 to split a four-game series.

MLB: Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 4

MILWAUKEE, July 7 (UPI) -- A three-run blast by Rickie Weeks put Milwaukee in front in the fifth Thursday and the Brewers held on through a shaky ninth to defeat Cincinnati 5-4.

MLB: Atlanta 2, Milwaukee 1

MILWAUKEE, April 4 (UPI) -- Martin Prado and Dan Uggla each hit solo homers in the eighth inning Monday, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee.

Braves seek to drop injured closer Wagner

ATLANTA, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves indicated Sunday they are seeking to drop injured closer Billy Wagner from their post-season roster.

MLB: Atlanta 4, New York Mets 1

ATLANTA, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Tim Hudson yielded only one run in six innings and Rick Ankiel collected two RBI Monday in the Atlanta Braves' 4-1 win over the New York Mets.

MLB: Atlanta 4, Washington 1

ATLANTA, June 30 (UPI) -- Jair Jurrjens returned to the Atlanta rotation with a win and drove in a run Wednesday in the Braves' 4-1 victory over Washington.

MLB: Atlanta 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- Troy Glaus drove in Atlanta's first two runs Thursday and the Braves survived a late comeback bid to down the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3.

MLB: Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 2 (10 inns.)

PITTSBURGH, May 23 (UPI) -- Ryan Doumit cracked a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 10th Sunday to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory over Atlanta.
MLB: St. Louis 4, Atlanta 3

MLB: St. Louis 4, Atlanta 3

ST. LOUIS, April 27 (UPI) -- Yadier Molina's ground-rule double in the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run Monday, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 win over Atlanta.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Boston 2 (13 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria's two-run homer in the 13th inning Tuesday gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-2 win over the AL Eastern Division rival Boston Red Sox.
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Takashi Saito
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Takashi Saito (24) winds up for a pitch in the eighth inning against the Florida Marlins at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 16, 2009. (UPI Photo/Matthew Healey)

Takashi Saito (斎藤 隆, Saitō Takashi?, born February 14, 1970 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese professional baseball player with the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball in the United States. Saito previously pitched for the Yokohama BayStars in the Japanese Central League, compiling a record of 87-80 over 13 seasons. A closer in his initial season of 2006, Saito finished 8th place in the National League Cy Young Award voting, receiving a single third place vote.

Saito played for Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai during his college years alongside players such as former Seattle Mariners closer Kazuhiro Sasaki and current Hanshin Tigers outfielder Tomoaki Kanemoto. Saito was originally a position player, but he became a pitcher in his second year in college. He was drafted in the first round by the Yokohama Taiyo Whales in 1991. He was an all-star a total of four times while in Japan (1994, 1996, 1999, 2001), and he led the Central League in strikeouts with 206 in 1996. He was found to have a dislocated cartilage in his right elbow in the spring of 1997 and had to undergo surgery, subsequently spending the rest of the season rehabbing. He came back in 1998, winning 13 games while posting a 2.94 ERA. His team, the BayStars, also won the Japanese championship series for the second time in 38 years that year. He became the teams closer after incumbent Kazuhiro Sasaki left the BayStars to join the Mariners in 2000. His record was 7-1 with 27 saves, and a 1.67 ERA in 2001. Saito returned to his starting role in 2003, but did not win more than 6 games in a season between 2003 and 2005.

Saito signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a 36-year-old rookie in 2006, and surprised fans by making 24 saves, posting a 2.07 ERA, and striking out 107 batters (the most among relievers). He made his first Major League appearance on April 9, 2006, against the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched 2/3 of an inning without giving up any runs or hits. After stepping into the closer role recently vacated by fan favorite Éric Gagné, he recorded his first Major League save on May 15, 2006, against the Colorado Rockies.

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