Kinney finally got another chance Sunday, gutting out a 2 1/3-inning, 42-pitch performance for an extended save.
"If I'd a had to go and finish my career and say, 'Well, I never got a save, but I was pretty close to getting one,' that would be a good story, too," Kinney said.
But don't get Kinney wrong, he wanted the save, and the 33-year-old is more than happy to be able to tell his save story with a different ending.
"I'm glad I got one, at least, to my name," he said with a grin. "Yesterday's game was cool. I threw a lot of pitches and it got ugly there at the end. I was cruising and then lost it on a couple of hitters. Wedge kept me in there, I'm glad he did. I'm glad Tom [Wilhelmsen] didn't have to come in, he had the day off. It was just good to get it over with, and I got a save."
Kinney also did the Mariners a favor. With Stephen Pryor not available and Wedge trying to stay away from Wilhelmsen, the closer, Kinney's extended appearance allowed the bullpen to start its series with the Indians on Monday with their closer available.
As for Luetge, well, Kinney has some bragging rights back.
"We're tied. We're on the leaderboard," he laughed. "We each have one behind Tom."