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Saupold 'saves' the day for Tigers
Warwick Saupold collected his first career MLB save over the weekend
04/23/2018 1:26 AM ET
 

Perth pitcher Warwick Saupold recorded the final seven-outs to pick up his first career MLB save in the Detroit Tigers' 12-4 win over the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park.

The 28-year-old Perth Heat reliever was efficient on the mound as he needed just 18 pitches to get the job done.

"I think my stuff is better than it ever has been," Saupold said.

"I feel like the ball's coming out pretty good. I just attack hitters and let the fielders do the rest."

Saupold has now thrown 5.2 scoreless innings to start the 2018 season and looked in command after his shock demotion to AAA Toledo Mud Hens a fortnight ago.

"That was a bit of a tough one," he said.

"I've been sent down a fair few times but this one was different. It threw me off and took me by surprise."

During his brief stint with Toledo, Saupold started two games and clearly impressed Tigers Manager Rod Gardenhire enough to give him another chance in the Big Leagues.

"He's throwing strikes. I like that," Gardenhire said.

Saupold says he is open to pitching in any situation he is needed.

"Whether I throw in the first or the seventh or eighth, doesn't matter. I am happy to do whatever I can," he said.

The Tigers currently sit in third place in the American League Central Standings with a 9-11 record.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.