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Posted by: David
CC Sabathia won his first game against the Boston Red Sox this season and the Yankees pulled to within 1/2 game of the Red Sox for first place in the American League East.

Eric Chavez got two RBI singles early and Robinson Cano added an RBI double to put the Yankees ahead 3-0 vs. John Lackey and the Bosox. Carl Crawford hit a long home run to put the Red Sox on the board and they would add another as CC surrendered 10 hits in six innings. However, CC was able to strike out Adrian Gonzales three times to get out of jams and left after 128 pitches.

Francisco Cervelli hit a home run off of John Lackey and clapped as he reached home plate. His blast put the Yankees ahead 4-2 at the time. The next time up he was hit on the shoulder and both benches cleared. Larry Rothschild was ejected for arguing. Cervelli eventually scored and the Yankees had a three run game at 5-2

Boone Logan worked the seventh and struck out two batters to end the seventh inning. David Robertson was unavailable as he had worked the previous two games. Rafael Soriano was moved up to the eighth inning pitcher and was hit hard but was helped by his defense, especially by Brett Gardner who made a great running back hand leaping catch in the left center field gap.

Rivera entered in the ninth and was greeted by a double down the first base line from David Ortiz. Jed Lowrie was struck out looking for the first out as Mo concentrated on the outside corner. Carl Crawford was jammed with the cutter and popped up to Jeter for the second out. Jarrod Saltalamacchia appeared to swing at the second pitch, but the ball hit him and he was awarded first base as the third base umpire called no swing. Girardi argued and he was ejected as well. Josh Redick pinch hit and lined out to left to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 35th of the season in 40 save opportunities. It is also the 594th of his career and he is now only 8 saves away from surpassing Trevor Hoffman for the all-time career saves leader. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 2.12.
Posted by: David
Freddy Garcia returned from the DL and stifled the Orioles, allowing only one run in six innings. Mark Reynolds took Garcia deep to put Baltimore on the board at 3-1. Garcia was followed by Rafael Soriano who pitched a scoreless seventh. David Robertson came in for the eighth and surrendered a home run to J.J. Hardy to bring the game to within a run at 3-2.

The Yankees scored a run in the first on an RBI double from Teixeira which plated Granderson and then Nick Swisher connected for a two run home run later.

Rivera entered in the ninth and was flawless. He got Vladimir Guerrero and Matt Wieters to ground out to second and then struck out Mark Reynolds to end the game and earn his 34th save in 39 save opportunities. He now has 593 career saves and is within single digits of surpassing Trevor Hoffman as the all-time career saves leader, with just 9 remaining. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 2.16.

The Yankees now head to Boston for a three game series with CC Sabathia trying to beat the Red Sox as he goes against John Lackey.
Posted by: David
Ivan Nova pitched seven solid innings including picking up Granderson and Swisher after they let a sure out drop between them. Nova was faced with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs and quickly got two strikeouts and a weak ground out to end the inning without a run scoring.

The game was highlighted by an inside the park homer run from Curtis Granderson, his 35th of the season to tie for the MLB lead. David Robertson pitched through the eighth getting out of a bases loaded jam and Mo entered for the ninth.

Rivera got Tosoni on a weak grounder to second and then struck out Tolbert and pinch hitter Hughes to end the game. The save was Rivera's 33rd of the season in 38 save opportunities. It was also the 592nd of his career which puts him only 8 shy of the magic 600 number, 9 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman and 10 shy of surpassing Hoffman for the all time career saves lead. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 2.25.
Posted by: David
Ivan Nova was not effective, surrendering seven runs in 5 1/3 innings, but his offense banged out nine runs and the bullpen logged 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to get Nova his 12th win of the season.

The Yankees fell behind early but, in the fourth, KC lefthander Danny Duffy ran into trouble. With runners on the corners, he was not able to get a called third strike against Mark Teixeira and Tex lined the next pitch over the second baseman's head to tie the score. Robinson Cano would then follow with a three run HR to give the Yankees the lead for good.

Nova was relieved by Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and then of course Mariano Rivera.

Mo faced the same batters as the night before and tonight he was even more dominant. He struck out Perez, got Moustakas to ground back to the mound and then also struck out Escobar to end the game.

The save was his 32nd of the season and the 591st of his career. He in now within a single digit of the magic 600 number. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 2.30.
Posted by: David
Brett Gardner tied the score in the sixth and Derek Jeter added a two run triple to put the Yankees ahead for good. A.J. Burnett struggled over 5 2/3 innings, but got his first win since late June and his first win in the month of August as a Yankee.

Rivera entered in the ninth with the Yankees ahead 7-4. He retired Perez on a ground ball to Teixeira who made the play unassisted for the first out. Moustakas grounded to short and Escobar struck out looking to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 31st of the season in 36 save opportunities. It is also his 590th of his career which puts him only 10 shy of the magic 600 number. Mo is now within 11 of tying Trevor Hoffman and 12 shy of surpassing him as the all-time career saves leader. His 2011 season ERA was lowered to 2.35.
Posted by: David
Cory Wade could not finish and when the game qualified for a save situation, Girardi called on Rivera. The Sandman entered, but he did not put Russell Branyan to sleep. Branyan took Rivera's first pitch and hit it into the stands for a three run home run to bring the Angels to within a run at 6-5. Mariano was able to retire the next two batters to save the game, but clearly he has hit a bump with his command on the cutter.

The save for Rivera is his 30th on the season in 35 opportunities and 589th of his career. He is only 11 shy of the magic 600 number, 12 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman for the lead in all-time career saves and 13 shy of surpassing him. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 2.40.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera blew his fifth save of the season on Sunday night in Boston and came into a tie game on Tuesday night in the Bronx.

The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead early thanks to Curtis Granderson's 29th home run off Danny Haren. However, as is often the case with A.J. Burnett, he had that one bad inning when he decides to abandon the fast ball. Burnett gave up a home run to Bobby Abreu to tie the game and then walked three batters. He then hung a breaking pitch to Jeff Mathis which scored two runs and threw a wild pitch to allow another one to score and the Yankees were looking at a 4-1 deficit.

The Bombers struck back to tie the game in the seventh. After two were out, Russell Martin doubled down the line in left and Eduardo Nunez fisted a single to right center scoring Martin. Brett Gardner singled chasing Nunez to third and Danny Haren was done for the night. He was replaced by Fernando Rodney and Gardner stole second on the first pitch. Jeter would follow with a two run single to tie the game at four.

The Yankees would not score again and Rivera entered in the ninth to try and hold off the Angels. Pinch hitter Alberto Callaspo lifted a high cutter over the head of Cano to right to lead off the inning. Aybar attempted to bunt but Rivera was able to field the ball quickly and force the runner at second with Aybar reaching. Aybar stole second.

Howie Kendrick grounded to second for the second out with Aybar moving to third. Mo did not have command of the cutter and fell behind Bobby Abreu. On a 3-1 pitch, Abreu crushed a high cutter which did not cut for his second home run of the game and an Angels 6-4 lead. Torii Hunter was retired to end the inning.

The Yankees had there chance in the ninth off of Jordan Walden. They got the potential winning run to the plate with Mark Teixeira but Curtis Granderson was picked off as Walden stepped off and threw to second and Granderson was tagged out in a rundown to end the game.

With the Red Sox winning, the Yankees fell 2 1/2 games behind them for the AL East lead.

Rivera is now 1-2 on the season with 29 saves in 34 save opportunities and his ERA is 2.23.
Posted by: Patrick
On Sunday's series finale in Boston, Mariano Rivera was called upon to start the ninth with a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, he was not able to get the job done.

The inning started with a lead off double by Marco Scutaro, that was nearly a home run, hitting the top of the Green Monster. Jacoby Ellsbury laid down a bunt and Rivera was quickly on it, with time to get Scutaro going for third. Unfortunately, the third basemen, Eduardo Nunez, had charged to field the bunt. So, Mo went to first to get an out.

Dustin Pedroia was able to hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to score Scutaro to tie the game at 2. The inning ended with an Alex Gonzalez ground out.

In the bottom of the 10th, Phil Hughes relieved Rivera and did not fare any better. After getting a fly out from Kevin Youkilis, he allowed a double to David Ortiz, who was pinch run for. An intentionally walk was given to Carl Crawford in order to set up a force play at second and third. But, no ground ball would be had. A single by Josh Reddick scored pinch runner Darnell McDonald to end the game.

It was Rivera's 5th blown save of the season in 34 chances. His ERA rose to 1.87 and he remains 12 saves away from 600.
Posted by: David
Jon Lester was cruising into the sixth but the Yankees had some tough AB's in the inning and Lester tired after getting out of earlier jams. Curtis Granderson singled in the Yankees first run to put the score at 2-1. Teixeira followed with a walk to load the bases and then Robinson Cano hit into a double play to tie the game at 2.

It was now Nick Swisher time. He grounded a 1-1 pitch hard down the third base line past Youkilis to put the Yankees ahead 3-2.

A key point in the game was in the fifth when Girardi replaced Bartolo Colon with Boone Logan. The bases were loaded and he faced Adrian Gonzalez, the leading RBI man in the MLB. He struck him out on three pitches to end the inning.

Logan stayed for the first two hitters in the sixth and was then replaced by Cory Wade for the last out of the inning. Rafael Soriano pitched a perfect seventh and David Robertson pitched the eighth facing the 2-3-4 hitters and retiring them in order.

Rivera started the ninth against David Ortiz and fell behind 2-0 on the count. He jammed Ortiz on the third pitch and he grounded to Teixeira unassisted for the first out of the inning. Carl Crawford grounded slowly to short and Jeter charged the ball and his throw bounced to first and Tex could not hold onto the ball. The play was scored as an infield hit and the potential tying run was on the plate. Mo then got really tough! Jarrod Saltalamacchia was caught looking and the same for Josh Redick to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 29th on the season and 588th of his career. He is only 12 shy of the magic 600 number, 13 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman and 14 shy of surpassing him for the all-time career saves list. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.70.

The series resumes tomorrow with a 4 PM FOX national Game of the Week with CC Sabathia going for his 17th against John Lackey.
Posted by: David
CC Sabathia was not as dominant as his last performance in New York, but he battled all night long and the Yankees won the game 3-2.

The Yankees scored three runs early, propelled by Curtis Granderson, who doubled in the first and third innings. Alexi Casilla would hit a two run home run off of Sabathia but that would end the scoring for the Chisox.

Sabathia was able to get himself out of jams mostly due to striking out Adam Dunn three times in four at bats.

Rivera started the ninth by getting Alex Rios to ground out to short. A.J. Pierzynski would be retired with a ground out to first with Mo covering and Gordon Beckham was struck out swinging to end the game.

The game was highlighted by the unfortunate performance of Adam Dunn, who is hovering around .160 and looks just lost, especially against left handed pitching. He struck out in his last three AB's and heard the echoes of boos from the crowd.

The save for Rivera was his 28th of the season in 32 save opportunities and the 587th of his career. He is only 13 shy of the magic 600 number, 14 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman for the all-time lead in saves and 15 shy of surpassing him. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.74.