Shaw exhibits resilience in passing Allen

ARLINGTON — As Bryan Shaw inched closer and closer to dethroning Cody Allen as the Indians all-time relief appearances leader, the two former teammates began texting back and forth.

“He told me to make sure I didn’t stub my toe before the last couple games,” Shaw said. “He’s having fun with it, too. It was a lot of fun.”

There was no stubbed toe that got in Shaw’s way. On Friday night at Globe Life Field, Shaw made his 457th career appearance with the Indians, besting Allen’s previous top mark of 456 appearances.

“Obviously, it’s awesome,” Shaw said of setting the record. “Not only just to pass [Allen], but to be able to come back this year after the last couple years and show the work that I put in this offseason and through the alternate site last season and throughout spring. And to be able to get to where I’m at and to have the opportunity to be able to pitch in this amount of games because of that work, it’s just awesome.”

Shaw pitched in 378 games with Cleveland from 2013-17, leading the Majors twice and the American League once in appearances during that span. The righty then spent ’18 and ’19 in Colorado, where he pitched to a combined 5.61 ERA with a 1.547 WHIP. He moved to Seattle in ’20 and spent the majority of the season in the Minors reinventing himself to prove that he…

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