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SFGate Jun 22, 2018

Giants’ Mark Melancon earns 1st save in year, not ready for closer’s role

Thursday night, Mark Melancon earned his first save in a year and a day (June 20, 2017) but wasn’t doing cartwheels through the Giants’ clubhouse on Friday. It was nice to get the ninth-inning call again, but as the right-hander said Friday, “It’s still a work in progress.” Physically, Melancon isn’t near his old All-Star self, but Thursday’s 14-pitch save was another positive step in the right direction in the wake of his pronator surgery in September and stem-cell injection in April. “I didn’t realize it had been a year,” Melancon said....

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