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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was simply awesome tonight against the middle of the Orioles order. With only a one run lead Mo had no margin for error.

Jay Gibbons led off with a broken bat grounder to Cano at second for the first out. B.J. Surhoff then hit a soft liner to Cano for the second out. The last hope was Javy Lopez who had hit a home run and a double off of starter Shawn Chacon. Mo worked him mainly outside and got him to swing at a pitch way off the plate outside to end the game.

Rivera is 7-4 on the season with 43 saves and his ERA now stands at 1.40.

At this writing the Red Sox are losing to Toronto 7-2 after eight innings. If the score holds the Yankees will assume a one game lead in the AL East with four games remaining. The Cleveland Indians also lost and the Yankees gained a game on them for a potential wild card berth.
Posted by: David
In a game that looked like a laugher the last thing Mariano Rivera expected was to be pitching in the ninth inning.

At one point in the game the Yankees held a 10-3 lead. The Orioles closed to 10-7 going to the bottom of the eighth and Mo began to warm up. However, the Yankees scored two in the eighth including a upper deck opposite field shot to right by A-Rod.

Embree started the ninth and surrendered a double to Jay Gibbons and a single to B.J. Surhoff which made the score 12-8. Although not a save situation, Torre called for the Sandman.

Rivera entered and on the first two pitches he recorded two outs when Javy Lopez flied to center and David Newhan grounded to second. Luis Matos hit a double down the third base line just over the glove of A-Rod allowing Surhoff to score to make it 12-9. Chris Gomez was next and Mo got him to fly to right to end the game.

Rivera is now 7-4 on the season with 40 saves and his ERA is now at 1.34.
Posted by: Patrick
You can also vote for Mo for MLB Delivery Man of the Year Award.

Via MLB.com.
Posted by: Patrick
You can vote to get Mr. Rivera on the Latino Legends Team. Votes must be in by October 10.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera recorded his 39th save of the season on Wednesday night in St. Petersburg as the Yankees swept the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a three game series.

He entered the game in the eighth with two outs and two runners on as Flash Gordon ran into trouble. Piniella originally put up Eric Munson to pinch hit for Alex Gonzales but when Rivera entered he pinch hit Eduardo Perez for Munson. Rivera got behind in the count and walked him to load the bases. He then got Toby Hall to ground to Cano at second to end the inning.

The Yankees scored two insurance runs in the top of the ninth to extend the score to 9-5.

Rivera regained his control in the ninth and struck out Nick Green on three pitches for the first out and then got Julio Lugo to hit a one hop liner to Cano at deep second base for the second out. Carl Crawford was then up and Mo retired him on a Baltimore chop back to the mound. The Yankees won the game 9-5 and moved to within 1/2 game of the idle Indians in the wild card standings. With the Red Sox losing to Oakland the Yankees are now only 1 1/2 games behind in the AL East.

Rivera now has 375 career saves and his season ERA is now lowered to 1.39.
Posted by: David
The Sandman bent a little on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx but did not break. Randy Johnson was brilliant for seven innings but tweaked his knee on a pitch to the final batter of the inning.

Tom Gordon started the eighth by giving up a single to Graffanino. Adam Stern entered to pinch run. Mirabelli then hit a pop up to the infield which landed around the mound and A-Rod was able to force Stern at second on a play which looked disastrous. Mueller was then retired and the Sox sent up Yankees killer David Ortiz to pinch hit. Torre responded by calling to the bullpen and Enter Sandman.

Rivera battled Ortiz but did not give him anything good to hit and walked him to put the go ahead run on. Damon was up next and he battled Mo but eventually grounded to Giambi at first to end the inning.

The Yankees were retired in order by Wakefield who pitched a gem with twelve strikeouts but ended up on the losing side with the only run coming on a Giambi homer.

In the ninth, Renteria led off with a line shot up the middle but Mo snagged it for the first out. Trot Nixon pinch hit and grounded sharply to Andy Phillips at first for the second out. The only thing that remained between a Yankees win was retiring Boston slugger Manny Ramirez. Rivera was careful and walked him. Kevin Millar followed with a single to right center chasing Ramirez to third. Up next was hot hitting John Olerud who Rivera struck out swinging to end the game.

The Yankees won the game 1-0 with Randy Johnson getting his 260th career victory. For Rivera it was his 37th save of the season and 373rd of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.44.
Posted by: Patrick
Heading into the 9th, with a score of 8-4 in favor of the Yankees, Torre left nothing to chance - going right to Mo. And he would not disappoint.

After allowing a lead off single to Renteria, he forced Ortiz to pop out to Lawton in right. Manny then hit a hard grounder toward Jeter. It hoped, but he adjusted and fielded it cleanly, firing the ball to Cano to start a double play. Unfortunately, Cano dropped it (in the transfer, according to the umpire) and we got the out at 2nd only. He proceeded to strike out Trot Nixon to end the game.

It was not a save situation, so he did not get one. His ERA is now at 1.47.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered in the ninth inning with he scored tied at three. He retired Toby Hall on a hard grounder to A-Rod but pinch hitter Aubrey Huff then singled up the middle. He was replaced at first by Joey Gathright who stole second. Mo got Julio Lugo to ground to second but Cano bobbled the ball and it went behind him allowing Gathright to score. Lugo was throw out between first and second. Carl Crawford followed with an infield single which made the run allowed earned, but then Rivera struck out Cantu to end the inning.

Rivera is now 6-4 on the season and his ERA was lowered to 1.38.