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Oct. 31, 2014

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Former Virginia left-handed pitcher Javier Lopez won his fourth World Series championship on Wednesday as the San Francisco Giants topped the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, in game 7 of Major League Baseball’s World Series. Lopez currently owns the most rings of any active MLB player.

The marks Lopez’s third championship with the Giants (2010, 2012, 2014). He also was a member of the Boston Red Sox in 2007 during their championship run.

Lopez was solid throughout the playoffs, working out of the bullpen in nine games, including three in the Division and League championship series as well as the World Series. He pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings during the postseason.

He was 1-1 with a 3.11 ERA in 65 games during the 2014 regular season. Batters hit just .220 against him. During his 13-year career with five teams, Lopez owns a 28-14 record and a 3.60 ERA in 694 games – all out of the bullpen. He has been sensational in his five seasons in San Francisco, working in 301 games with a 2.43 ERA. Lopez has pitched in at least 65 regular-season games in each of the last five seasons.

Lopez played at Virginia from 1996-98 and was a member of the Cavaliers’ 1996 ACC championship team. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. On the mound, he posted a 12-9 record in 40 career games (31 starts). He also played first base at UVa and was a .319 career hitter with 15 home runs and 71 RBI.

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