Brewers renew closer Axford's contract

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers have renewed the contract of closer John Axford.

The Brewers announced the move Saturday.

Axford set a team record with 46 saves last season and converted his last 43 chances in a row. He was 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 74 appearances to help the Brewers win the NL Central.

The 29-year-old Axford struck out 86 in 73 2-3 innings.

Milwaukee begins its exhibition season on Sunday against San Francisco.