Angels relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa earned a save at the Coliseum before he even entered Thursday night's game against the A's.

De La Rosa saw a struggling pigeon near the dugout in the third inning, so he picked it up and carried it out to the bullpen. Cameras showed De La Rosa sitting and holding the bird with both hands. Moments later, the 6-foot-7 De La Rosa carried the bird through the dugout and then up through the tunnel to the clubhouse, and out to the stadium parking lot, where he released it to safety.

After the game, De La Rosa used his twitter account -- @Daner13 -- to reveal he had named the pigeon and to reassure people.

"Randy, my pigeon friend is aright," De La Rosa wrote.

While De La Rosa earned plenty of praise for his noble efforts, there were also some who wondered about health risks he was taking. Again, De La Rosa had an answer on Twitter:

"Thank you for all the kind words and helpful warnings. After the release back to the wild I made sure to wash my hands.(twice)."



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