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A'S RIGHTHANDER Daniel Mengden has just one save in his professional career (in Class A), but this offseason he added two more. The 25-year-old Mengden—best known for his old-timey, Rollie Fingers--style mustache—was part of a three-man rescue crew on Nov. 12 for a pair of puppies who were trapped in a storm drain in Houston. "It was just kind of dumb luck," Mengden told of his mission. He was on his way home from the gym when he and another man descended into a sewer drain to corral the puppies. The dogs were hoisted out, frightened but safe. According to KHOU 11 News in Houston, the puppies were put up for adoption after surviving their ordeal—and went home with Mengden and his girlfriend. "I was in the right place at the right time," he said. Spoken like a true closer.