minor leaguers

How Red Sox closer Kenley Jansen rebuilt his mind and body to reach 400 saves

The path to 400 saves for Kenley Jansen began long ago. The first steps were taken July 25, 2010, at Dodger Stadium, to be exact, one day after he’d made his major league debut for the Dodgers. The 22-year-old Jansen entered after eight scoreless innings from Clayton Kershaw and induced a pop-up to short from Carlos Beltran before getting Jason Bay and Ike Davis to strike out swinging. Fifteen pitches and save No. 1 was in the books, securing a 1-0 win for the Dodgers over the Mets.

Fourteen seasons, 780 2/3 innings, 1,124 strikeouts, 3,088 batters faced, two heart surgeries, a trio of All-Star appearances, a World Series championship and three teams later, Jansen took the mound for the Red Sox against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. Coincidentally, the Braves were the second big league team Jansen ever pitched for, notching 41 saves for Atlanta last year after

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