RHP Joe Nathan did not get a save for protecting a four-run lead in the ninth inning Monday, but did earn $300,000 for it.

It was his 50th game finished this year, the second of his incentive thresholds. Nathan earned $100,000 at 45 games and will earn another $300,000 each at 55 and 60 games finished, which could raise the total value of his contract to $8 million for this season. Of long-term significance is this: Nathan is more than halfway to being able to void the $9 million 2014 option in his contract, if he so chooses. His contract gives him the ability to void the deal (and forfeit the $750,000 buyout) if he finishes 100 games over the course of 2012-13.