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10/24: Thank You

Posted by: Patrick
As you know, the Yankees 2010 season came to an end on Friday with a game 6 loss to the Rangers.

We've had some time to lick our wounds, so I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported MarianoRivera.com this season by reading, commenting, subscribing, sharing and linking to us. We really appreciate it. Thank you.

I'd also like to extend a special thank you to David Williams, who writes with me here and provided most, if not all, of the game recaps this season. Thank you, David.

It may have ended a little roughly, but the 2010 regular season was a great one for Mr. Rivera. His 1.80 ERA was better than 10 of his 15 previous seasons, and tied the ERA he had in 2006. And in the postseason, he was wonderful, pitching 6.1 scoreless innings of relief, including three saves in three opportunities. Every game that the Yankees won, he pitched in.

He ended the year with 559 saves, precisely 42 behind all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman. Mo gained 23 on Hoffman, who collected 10 this season to Rivera's 33. When it comes to career postseason saves, his 42 are 24 more than Brad Lidge, who is second on that list.

As we look to 2011, Mr. Rivera's contract is up and he is eligible to enter free agency, alongside Derek Jeter. But, from all guidance we've had, it looks like Mo plans to play another season, wants to be back with the Yankees with the Yankees wanting him back. On Saturday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN's Andrew Marchand that he could not envision a scenario where Rivera and Jeter were not with the club. "This is where they belong," he said.

Stay tuned to MarianoRivera.com for off-season news on anything Mo related and, if all goes as expected, we'll be following Mo again in the 2011 season.

Thank you for reading and for your support of MarianoRivera.com.

Via Baseball-Reference.com via Rob Abruzzese.
Posted by: David
Phil Hughes threw one real bad bitch. David Robertson threw an even a worse pitch and the Yankees never recovered. With the score tied at one, Josh Hamilton was walked intentionally for the second time. Vladimir Guerrero crushed a hanging breaking ball off the wall in center and two runs scored. Hughes was finished and David Robertson entered. Nelson Cruz took him deep for two more runs and the weak hitting Yankees were all but done. The Rangers would add one more run off of Kerry Wood to make the eventual score 6-1.

Girardi used Rivera in the bottom of the eighth to keep the deficit at five just in case his team would produce a rally in the top of the ninth. Rivera got Benji Molina to fly out to right for the first out. Mitch Moreland was attempting to become the first player to get three hits off Rivera in one postseason series. He was 2 for 2 entering the AB and battled but eventually lined out to Jeter for the second out. Elvis Andrus grounded to second to end the inning.

Rivera ended the 2010 postseason with a record of 0-0 and three saves in three save opportunities. His total for his postseason career is now 42 saves in 47 save opportunities. His career postseason ERA is lowered to 0.71 by not allowing any runs this postseason.

The Yankees now look ahead to 2011 with potential free agents Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford in their sights.
Posted by: David
Well CC wasn't vintage CC on Wednesday night in the Bronx, however, we was good enough to earn the Yankees a reprieve and send the ALCS back to Texas on Friday night.

The Yankees got some clutch hits and a gutty six inning performance from CC Sabathia and were able to beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 in game 5 of the ALCS. The win moves the lead to 3 games to 2 in favor of Texas.

The Yankees got out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. A-Rod and Lance Berkman were able to work walks off of C.J. Wilson who was not nearly as good as he was in game one. Jorge Posada singled to left and A-Rod just eluded the tag of Matt Treanor and the Yankees had a 1-0 lead. Curtis Granderson then lofted a single to right center. Jeff Francouer fielded the ball and threw strongly to third but his throw was on the home plate side of the bag and went past Michael Young. Berkman scored on the play and when the ball got past Young, Posada kept going toward home. C.J. Wilson backed up the play but his throw was over the head of Matt Treanor and Posada scored the third run.

In the fourth Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano hit back to back home runs to give the Yankees a huge 5-0 lead. Sabathia was surrendering quite a few hits but got either a double play or key strike out to get out of jams. In the fifth Matt Treanor hit a solo home run to put Texas on the board. The Rangers would add a few more baserunners but in what was probably one of the biggest outs of the game, Sabathia induced Josh Hamilton to hit into an inning ending double play.

The Yankees would get the run right back on a sacrifice fly from Lance Berkman and held the lead at 6-1. The Rangers would not quit and in the sixth scored a run on an infield out after three consecutive singles. With two runners on Sabathia battled Mitch Moreland and eventually struck him out looking on an inside cutter to end the inning. Sabathia was done after six and gave way to Kerry Wood.

Wood came in for the seventh and Elvis Andrus reached on an infield single when Wood tried to field his bouncer bare handed, Andrus would take second on a wild pitch, but then was picked off by Wood. Wood had struck out Michael Young and Josh Hamilton to end the inning and then pitched a perfect eighth inning.

The Yankees would add an additional run in the eighth on a solo home run from Curtis Granderson. Rivera would enter in the ninth to try and extend the series for the Yankees.

Jeff Francoeur would ground to second for the first out. Matt Treanor flew out to center and them Mitch Moreland battled and on the tenth pitch of the AB singled to left. Elvis Andrus then popped up to Berkman in foul territory to end the game. Rivera did not record a save but did lower his career postseason ERA to 0.71.

Both teams now travel back to Texas where the series resumes on Friday night with a rematch of game two with Phil Hughes facing Colby Lewis.
Posted by: David
C.J. Wilson cruised through seven innings allowing only one run on a home run to Robinson Cano. His teammates sent C.C. Sabathia to the showers after only four innings by scoring five runs off the Cy Young candidate. However, it all imploded on the Rangers in the eighth.

Brett Gardner led off the inning by bouncing a ball toward the hole between first and second. Jorge Cantu was able to field the ball cleanly but was too slow and could not get to the bag. C.J. Wilson was late covering and Gardner beat him to the bag with a head first dive. That play may be the one the Rangers look back on if they end up losing the ALCS. Derek Jeter followed with a double down the third base line and Gardner scored to make the score 5-2. Wilson was then relieved by Daren Oliver. Oliver proceeded to walk Nick Swisher and Mark Texeira to load the bases with no outs. Darren O'Day relieved Oliver and A-Rod lined his first pitch just in front of Young at third. The ball bounced in front of his glove and then by him and two runs scored to pull the Yankees to within a run at 5-4. O'Day was then replaced by Rapada and Cano hit his first pitch to center for a base hit to tie the score at five. Derek Holland then came in to face Marcus Thames and he was jammed but fought off the pitch while breaking his bat and looped it over short to bring in the go ahead run and give the Yankees the lead at 6-5. The Yankees were not able to add any more runs and Texas was now up in the home eighth.

Kerry Wood was summoned and he walked Ian Kinsler on four pitches. He fell behind David Murphy 2-1 but then was able to pick off Kinsler at first for a huge first out. He got Murphy to ground out and then struck out pinch hitter Julio Borbon to end the inning.

The game started with C.J. Wilson retiring the first six batters he faced. For C.C. Sabathia it was not quite that easy. Elvis Andrus walked and Michael Young lined a single to left center on a 3-1 pitch. Sabathia struggled with his command. He got two quick strikes on Josh Hamilton but then hung a pitch inside and Hamilton lined it for a three run home run. He then proceeded to load the bases with two outs. He threw a wild pitch but the ball hit the brick wall behind home plate and bounced back to Posada. Posada then flipped the ball to Sabathia covering and he was able to tag Nelson Cruz with a lunge before his foot hit the plate. Sabathia threw thirty-five pitches and gave up three runs in the first inning.

In the fourth inning he was able to get the first two outs but then Jorge Cantu and Elvis Andrus blooped singles to right. Michael Young followed with a double up the alley in right and both runners scored to give the Rangers a big 5-0 lead.

Joba Chamberlain replaced Sabathia in the fifth and pitched a scoreless inning. He was followed by Dustin Moseley who pitched two strong innings and struck out four batters. The middle relief was huge for the Yankees as they won the game by only one run.

In the Texas ninth pinch hitter Mitch Moreland led off with a ground single just past Cano into center field. Elvis Andrus sacrificed him to second but then the greatest postseason pitcher of all time got tough. He struck out Michael Young on a great cutter moving away from him and then jammed AL batting title and MVP candidate Josh Hamilton with the first pitch and he grounded out to third to end the game and give the Yankees the win at 6-5 and a 1-0 game lead in the ALCS.

For Rivera the save was his 42 out of 47 opportunities in the postseason. His career postseason ERA remains at 0.72.

The series resumes tomorrow at 4pm with Phil Hughes pitching for the Yankees and Colby Lewis on the mound for the Rangers.
Posted by: David
Phil Hughes gave a dominating performance on Saturday night in the Bronox. The 24 year old right hander pitched seven scoreless innings while giving up only four hits and one walk.

The Yabkees took the lead in the second when Robinson Cano led off with a triple to deep left center. Marcus Thames popped up but Jorge Posada delivered a clutch single to left for an RBI. Granderson hit the ball hard but it turned out to be an inning ending double play.

In tthe third inning Swisher doubled up he alley in left and Texeira got him home when his shot to left sailed over the head of Delmon Young.

Huhges retired the first nine Twins and in the fourth Denard Span singled but wwas quickly erased on a double play and Mauer was taken care of as well.

In the bottom of the fourth Marcus Thames connected for a two run home run to right to extend the Yankee lead to 4-0 and Brett Gardner got home Curtis Granderson with a sacrifice fly. Nick Swisher homered late for the Yankees and they were ahead 6-0.

Hughes was releived by Kerry Wood in the eighth. Wood struggled by giving up a double to Danny Valencial on an 0-2 pitch. He got Hardy to fly to right but then Span and Hudson hit consecutive singles to score the first run for the Twins. Joe Mauer walked and suddenly the bases werre loaded for Jason Kubel. Kubel hit a grand slam off Rivera earlier in the year at the stadium. Boone Logan came in and got Kubel to pop up to A-Rod and then David Robertson got Delmon Young to fly to center field to end the inning with only one run scoring.

Rivera came in for the ninth and made quick work of the Twins. He caught Jim Thome looking for the first out. Michael Cuddyer flied out to right and then Danny Valencia flied out to left to end tthe game and the ALDS. the Yankees swept three games to none.

Rivera had two saves for the series. He pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up no runs on two hits and struck out one. He lowered his career postseason ERA to 0.72.

The ALCS will open in either Texas or Tampa next Friday night. Tampa rallied late against Darren Oliver and Neftali Feliz to avoid being swept.
Posted by: David
Curtis Granderson got three more hits including a bloop single to center to give the Yankees and Mariano Rivera a three run lead. Lance Berkman put the Yankees ahead twice with a home run and RBI double and the core four of Pettitte, Jeter, Posada and Rivera all pitched in as the Yankees beat the Twins in Minneapolis 5-2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five series.

As usual, the Twins got the early lead in the second. Delmon Young and Jim Thome singled to start and Jason Kubel worked a one walk to load the bases. However, Pettitte limited the damage to only one run and kept his team in the game.

The Yankees struck back with Granderson leading the inning off with a single and going to third when he took off with the pitch and Texeira delivered a single to left. A-Rod delivered a sacrifice fly to tie the score but Cano was retired and Nick Swisher hit into an inning ending double play.

Andy Pettitte settled down through the middle innings and the Yankees took the lead in the fifth on an opposite field home run from Lance Berkman. In the sixth Orlando Hudson got a hanging pitch inside and belted into the stands in left to tie the score at two.

The Yankees bounced right back with Posada scoring on a booming double from Berkman. It appeared that Berkman might have taken a called third strike on the prevous pitch but it was called a ball and Berkan golfed a low sinker over the head of Span for an RBI double. Jeter would later add a bloop RBI single to give the Yankees a two run lead and send Pavano to the showers. Ron Gardenhire waited for the umpire to summon the game back and lite in to Wendlestedt and eventually got tossed. The Yankews would have chances to blow the game open but could not add more runs.

Pettitte pitched a solid seventh and then left and Kerry Wood pitched a perfect eighth inning. Last night Wood struggled but tonight he got two strike outs with a bouncer back to the mound in between.

The Yankees would extend the lead to 5-2 when Brett Gardner singled and then moved to second on an infield grounder by Jeter. He stole third and scored on a bloop single by Granderson.

Rivera entered in the ninth and had to face the heart of the Twins order. Joe Mauer battled and eventually blooped a single over short into left. Delmon Young hit the ball hard but it was right at Jeter who turned a quick double play. Just like last night the 40 year old Rivera faced the 40 year old Thome and the result was about the same as Thome popped up to left to end the game.

For Rivera it is his 41st postseason save in 46 opportunities. His postseason ERA was lowered to 0.73. Petitte collected his 19th postseason win, Jeter got an RBI, Posada scored a run and Rivera got the save. The Core Four Rules! Tomorrow is a travel day but the series will resume Saturday night in the Bronx with the Yankees looking to end it with 18 game winner Phil Hughes on the mound facing Brian Duensing for Minnesota.
Posted by: David
Francisco Liriano was coasting through five innings with a 3-0 lead. Then he tired and the Yankees finally got to him. Mark Texeira hit a double down the line in left. A-Rod followed with a walk and Cano got a sharp single to right to pull the Yankees to within 3-1. Marcus Thames was retired for the second out but Jorge Posada got a clutch single to right to score the second run of the inning and then Curtis Granderson hit a huge two run triple off the wall in right center to score two and give the Yankees the lead at 4-3. It was the end for Liriano as he was replaced by Mijares.

The Twins battled right back in the bottom of the sixth after two were out. Thome walked and Cuddyer followed with a double to left center which Gardner dove for but could not hold and runners were on second and third. Kubel walked to load the bases and the youngster Danny Valencia battled a walk from Sabathia with the bases loaded to force in a run and tie the score at four. Sabathia did not pitch at his best but struck out J.J. Hardy on a changeup to end the sixth and keep the scored tied.

The Twins got out to an early 3-0 lead with the help of a two run home run from Michael Cuddyer in the second and a passed ball from Posada scored Hudson with the third run. Hudson had singled and was running when Mauer hit a soft grounder to first. Sabathia was late covering and Texeira had to dive for the bag to beat Hudson for the second out. Hudson kept running and was able to take third on the play. He then scored on the passed ball.

With the score tied at four going to the Yankee seventh Nick Swisher got on with a single and Mark Texeira followed with a towering two run home run just insdie the foul pole in right to give the Yankees the lead to stay at 6-4. The pitcher was Jesse Crain who had come in to start the inning.

Boone Logan and David Robertson worked the seventh with Robertson getting the final out with a strike out of Thome with runners on base. Kerry Wood worked the eighth but he struggled with his control and left with two outs and runners on second and third. Rivera was called to try and earn his 40th postseason save and the 31st of at least 4 outs.

He faced Denard Span and got behind 3-0 before battling back to 3-2. Span then was jammed and broke his bat and hit a weak grounder to short which Jeter charged and retired him to end the inning.

In the ninth Mo was simply awesome. Orlando Hudosn battled but he broke his bat on the ninth pitch and grounded to second for the first out. Joe Mauer got the bat sawed off as well and fisted a soft liner back to the mound. Mo knocked it down and then threw to first for the second out. Delmon Young lined an 0-2 pitch to right which Greg Golson charged and just caught slightly off the ground but it was mistakenly called a trap and the inning continued. Jim Thome came to the plate being the potential tying run and was also jammed and broke his bat when he blooped a soft fly ball which A-Rod caught just behind third base to end the game.

Rivera now has a record of 8-1 in the postseason and has 40 saves in 45 save opportunities. His postseason ERA remains at 0.74.
Posted by: David
The Yankees battled in the opener and squandered a 5-3 lead by letting two runs score on wild pitches. Joba Chamberlain let the Red Sox pull within 5-4 in the 7th and Kerry Wood gave up his first run in over twenty innings by uncorking a wild pitch to tie the game. However, Wood went from goat to hero quickly. Posada raced after Wood's pitch and then threw wildly to Wood covering at home as the tying run scored. An alert Ramiro Pena scrambled after the ball and retrieved it and then threw back home to Wood who grabbed it on a short hop to tag out the second runner trying to score.

The Yankees scratched out on a run against Jonathan Papelbon in the tenth. Brett Gardner walked and stole second. Derek Jeter then checked his swing and got a ground ball just pass Papelbon. Bill Hall tried to bare hand the ball and it went under his hand and past him. Gardner never slowed down and the Yankees had the lead at 6-5.

Rivera entered in the bottom of the tenth and was more like his old self. Felipe Lopez got to 3-2 but then flied out to center for the first out. Ryan Kalish pinch hit and was jammed with a cutter. His slow grounder was bare handed by Cano and thrown to first for the second out of the inning. Eric Patterson was caught looking to end the game and give the Yankees a 6-5 win. Tampa also won so the Yankees maintained their 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

The Yankees had a chance to be in control of their own destiny today but walks from Royce Ring and Ivan Nova allowed Boston to tie the score at six and win it in the 10th.

The save for Rivera was his 33rd of the season in 38 opportunities. His ERA for the 2010 season was lowered to 1.80.