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Posted by: David
Carl Pavano is like the phoenix rising from the ashes. The much maligned and criticized Yankee hurler pitched six outstanding innings on Friday night and gave up only one run. He left the game leading 2-1 and the bullpen of Bruney, Marte, Ramirez, Veras and, of course, Mo shut down the Blue Jays as the Yankees won, 2-1.

Rivera entered in the eighth inning with two on and only one out, in relief of Veras. Mo got Joe Inglett to ground in to a force play for the first out. With runners on first and third, Rivera then struck out Marco Scutaro swinging to end the inning. Scutaro had taken Mo deep last April 15th - in walk off fashion.

In the ninth, Mariano had to face the heart of Toronto's order. He struck out Alex Rios swinging for the first out. Vernon Wells went with an outside cutter and singled to right. Adam Lind struck out looking and Lyle Overbay hit the first pitch to short which Jeter turned into a 6-4 force play to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his 32nd save of the season in 33 save opportunities and the 475th save of his career. He is now only three saves behind Lee Smith for second place on the all time career saves list. He lowered his season ERA to 1.46.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera finally entered a tie game and got the job done. The listless Yankee offense was rescued by Jason Giambi. A-Rod had struck out three times and popped up once and was booed mercilessly by the hometown Yankee fans. Jon Lester had shut out the Yankees into the seventh inning when Cody Ransom doubled with two outs. Giambi pinch hit for Molina and delivered a tying two run homer off of Hideki Nakajima. In the bottom of the ninth, with the bases loaded and only one out, he faced Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon got two quick strikes before Giambi delivered a run scoring, game winning single to center.

Rivera entered in the eighth with two outs and got Kevin Youkilis to fly out to center to end the inning. In the top of the ninth, Jason Bay led off and reached due to a Jeter error. Mark Kotsay flew to right for the first out and then Jed Lowrie grounded to first for out number two. On the play, Bay moved to second. Rivera then got Alex Cora to ground to A-Rod on the first pitch to end the inning.

Rivera is now 5-5 on the season and his ERA for 2008 now stands at 1.50.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera did it again. With Mo, Jr. watching from the dugout cheering his dad on, Mo, Sr. fashioned a four out save as the Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 8-7, to complete a three game sweep at Camden Yards.

The Yankees had an early 7-2 lead thanks to a three run homer from Damon, a key double from Nady and a four hit day from Robinson Cano. However, a two error inning and poor pitching from Darrell Rasner helped the O's climb back into the game. Jeter bobbled a routine grounder and Nady misplayed a single into a double and another run. The next inning, Brian Roberts blasted a two run homer and tied the score at seven.

However, in the seventh, hot hitting Robbie Cano delivered with a blast of his own to give the Yankees the lead at 8-7 and the bullpen of Veras, Marte and Rivera made it stand.

Rivera entered with two outs in the eighth after Marte walked the tying run to first. Mo got Jay Payton looking and the game was heading to the ninth.

The Yankees couldn't add any insurance runs and Mo had to get three outs with only a one run lead. The first two were easy as Cintron grounded to second and Ramon Hernandez grounded to third. Mo then walked Brian Roberts on four pitches and Nick Markakis was at the plate. Roberts stole second and went to third on an errant throw from Pudge. Rivera hung tough and caught Markakis looking to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his 31st save in 32 save opportunities on the season and his ERA now stands at 1.53.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera recorded his 30th save of the season as his son (Mariano Rivera, Jr.) was serving as the bat boy on Saturday night for the Yankees.

Rivera entered in the ninth, with the Yankees holding a 5-3 lead, and quickly slammed the door by pitching a perfect inning. He got pinch hitter Alex Cintron on the first pitch to ground to short. Brian Roberts grounded unassisted to Cody Ransom at first and Nick Markasis struck out swinging to end the game.

For Rivera, he now has 473 career saves and is only 5 shy of Lee Smith for second on the all-time career saves list. His season ERA now stands at 1.57.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera, in his first appearance in six days, was sharp as a tack. He entered in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Yankees clinging to a 5-4 lead and retired Kevin Millar, on a pop up to short, to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, the Yankees erupted for four runs on a three run homer from Cody Ransom and a solo shot from Xavier Nady. For Ransom, it was his second home run in as many ABs.

In the bottom half of the inning, Rivera got Luke Scott on a liner to A-Rod for the out. After that, Ramon Hernandez made the second out on a fly to right and Jay Payton hit a grounder to third to end the game.

For Rivera, it was his 29th save of the season and 472nd of his career. His 2008 season ERA now stands at 1.60.
Posted by: Patrick
After three consecutive rough outings, Mariano played a pivotal role in helping the Yankees to secure a victory on Saturday.

In what would be a 13 inning marathon, Mo pitched both the 10th and 11th innings, retiring every batter he faced. The Yankees would eventually win it in the bottom of the 13th, thanks to a 2 out, walk off RBI single by Brett Gardner that scored Robinson Cano.

The two scoreless frames bring Mo's ERA down 6 points, to 1.64.
Posted by: Patrick
On Friday night, given the ball in the ninth inning with the game tied at 3, Mo struggled. After getting the first out, he allowed a double, single and then threw a wild pitch (his first of the season), which brought a run around. He took the loss, falling to 4-5, and his ERA went from 1.56 to 1.70.

His numbers for the season are very good, but the last month and a half have not been great for Mo. He had a 3.27 ERA in August, to go with a 1.09 WHIP and .262 BAA. In August, he's 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and .333 BAA. Hopefully he'll get back on track, beginning with his next appearance.
Posted by: Patrick
After an impressive run of 119 team games and 47 appearances without a blown save, Mo was finally credited with his first one on Tuesday night against the Twins.

With a 6-3 lead, thanks to some solid offense and yet another great outing from Mike Mussina, Damaso Marte relieved Moose and allowed a double to the first batter. After a fly out, pinch hitter Randy Ruiz singled to right, putting runners on first and third for Delmon Young. Mariano entered, in attempt to clean up the mess.

What's the worst possible thing that could happen? Well, it happened. Young took Mo deep to right, hitting a three run homer that tied the game and gave Rivera his first blown save of the season. Ouch. But, with that out of the way, Mo retired 5 out of the next 6 batters, allowing just a single and forcing extra innings.

Following Mo, Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez retired 9 consecutive batters and the Yankees scored three runs in the top of the 12th, allowing New York to take the game, 9-6.

Mo collected only 1 earned run, since Marte had put the other runners on base, so his ERA moves from 1.43 to 1.56.
Posted by: Patrick
With the game tied at 3, Joe Girardi elected to keep Damaso Marte, who had thrown a scoreless eighth, back out for the ninth. But, after Howie Kendrick singled, Gary Matthews Jr. struck out and Mike Napoli walked, Girardi elected to bring in Mariano to face Chone Figgins.

What followed was Mo's shorted outing in I have no idea how long. He threw just one pitch - Figgins hit a ground ball that found it's way between Robinson Cano and Wilson Betemit, who was playing first. Kendrick scored to end the game.

As Kendrick was a runner that Marte put on, Mo received neither an earned run nor a loss. His ERA remains at 1.43.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth inning to save Mike Mussina's 15th win of the season. Rivera got Josh Hamilton on a fly ball to center. He then retired Marlon Byrd on a grounder to short and caught Brandon Boggs looking to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his 28th save of the season as he remains perfect in save opportunities for the 2008 season. For his career, he now has 471 saves and is within seven of tying Lee Smith for 2nd on the all time career saves list. His ERA for the season now stands at 1.43.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera returned to the mound on Wednesday night and looked like the old Mo. This is a great relief to Yankee fans as the injuries keep mounting. Mo came in for the save in the bottom of the ninth and struck out Brandon Boggs looking and Gerald Laird swinging for the first two outs. Rookie sensation Chris Davis fought off an inside cutter and lined it through the hole to left for a single. Mo got Ramon Vazquez on a ground ball force play (third t second) to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his 27th save of the season, in as many save opportunities, and his ERA now stands at 1.46.

08/05: Mo Better

Posted by: Patrick
Yesterday, after a jog, Mo reported that he felt nothing and that his back is no longer hurting him. The Yankees held him out of last night's game, opting to give him the day off.
Posted by: Patrick
From Lisa Kennelly of The Star-Ledger reports that Mariano is day to day, thanks to back spasms.

"I don't think it's anything major," Rivera told Kennelly. "I don't think it's nothing I need to be concerned or worried about."
Posted by: Patrick
Mo's in consistency in non-save situations continued on Friday night as he took the loss against the Angels in what ended as a 1-0 game.

After being summoned, he immediately found himself in trouble, by walking Mark Teixeira. This was followed by a Vladimir Guerrero single, moving Reggie Willits (who had pinch run for Teixeira) to third. Torii Hunter added another single, scoring Willits. Without making a single out, the Angels now had the lead with runners on first and second and no outs.

The loss was Mo's fourth of the season and the earned run (the second in as many games and fifth in his last ten) takes his ERA up to 1.49, the highest it has been this season.