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Posted by: David
Alfonso Soriano paid dividends on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. He hit a home run early and his 4th hit of the day was a walk off as he singled up the middle and Brett Gardner scored the winning run.

Derek Jeter returned to the lineup and hit the first pitch he saw for a home run.

However, Phil Hughes could not hold the early lead. He gave up a three home run to Will Myers giving the Rays the lead at 4-3. Soriano's home run gave the Yankees back the lead at 5-4 and Myers struck again off of Hughes and tied the game at 5.

The game stayed like that until the bottom of the ninth when the Yankees won.

Rivera came in for the top of the ninth with the game tied and retired the side in order. He got Luke Scott on a grounder to second, Evan Longoria grounded to third and James Loney grounded to second to end the inning.

With the win Rivera evened his record at 2-2 on the season. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.64.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera was honored prior to Thursday game against the Rangers as the team presented him with a cowboy hat, boots and a $5,000 donation to his foundation. Former teammate John Wetteland and Rangers closer Joe Nathan (a big fan of Rivera) were on hand. Rivera referred to Wetteland as his "mentor."

Posted by: Patrick
ESPNNewYork.com's Carlos Nava reports that Mariano Rivera gave the Panamanian national soccer team a pep talk before their Gold Cup semifinals game on Wednesday night in Dallas. They then went on to upset Mexico with a 2-1 victory, sending them to the finals against the U.S. on Saturday.
Posted by: David
Hiroki Kuroda has been doing all season for the Yankees. Although he came in today's series finale with only 9 wins his ERA was great at 2.65. He held down a great Texas lineup for seven innings. The Yankees were able to scratch two runs on a Brett Lillibridge RBI single and a force play ground out from Eduardo Nunez.

David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth and set up Mo for the ninth.

Rivera received a series of gifts prior to the game from his former teammate John Wetteland and was able to close the door.

He had to face the heart of the Rangers order and got through it. Nelson Cruz popped up to short center field. Adrian Beltre reached on an infield single to short and the A.J. Pierzynski grounded into a force play for the second out. Mitch Moreland grounded out to Overbay at first unassisted to end the game.

Rivera is 1-2 on the season with 33 saves in 35 save opportunities. He now has 641 saves in his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.69.
Posted by: Patrick
FOX Sports personality Kenny Albert mentioned on Twitter that he witnessed Mariano Rivera receive a standing ovation in a Boston steakhouse on Saturday.



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Posted by: David
Phil Hughes was pitching a shutout into the sixth inning and the Yankees had a 3-0 lead. However, Lillibridge committed an error to allow Nelson Cruz to reach and Adrian Beltre followed with a run scoring double to make the score 3-1. Elvis Andrus would deliver a clutch two out single and Girardi called on Boone Logan to face left hand hitting Mitch Moreland. The move failed as Moreland took Logan deep to center and the Rangers had the lead at 4-3. The game was filled with great defensive plays from both sides.

The Rangers called on there closer Joe Nathan and the Yankees got to him. He walked Vernon Wells and a wild pitch moved him to second. Eduardo Nunez delivered the huge hit of the game as he slammed a triple to deep center field and the Yankees tied the score at four. Brent Lillibridge followed with a single to left and the Bombers had the lead at 5-4.

Rivera was called upon and he struck out Mitch Moreland swinging and pinch hitter Leonys Martin looking for two quick outs. David Murphy grounded to short to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 32nd of the season in 34 save opportunities and the 640th of his career. His record on the 2013 season is 1-2 and his ERA now stands at 1.73.
Posted by: David
Hiroki Kuroda was great again through seven innings and Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth inning and set up Mo to close the door. The game was filled with several players being thrown out at home. Some of the plays were from the outfield and some were on passed balls and wild pitches.

Chris Stewart had a great game. He had a sacrifice, hit a ball to the right side to advance a baserunner and was involved in several plays at the plate. However, his best play was to end the eighth inning. With Daniel Nava on first and one out, Pedroia hit a foul pop up behind the plate which Stewart was able to grab as he almost tumbled into the stands. He maintained control of the ball and himself and fired a one hop throw to second nailing Nava as he tried to tag up on the play. The double play ended the inning.

The Yankees would add an insurance run in the top of the ninth to give Mo a three run cushion.

Rivera did not need any cushion. David Ortiz popped out foul to third on the first pitch. Carp hit a bloop single over the outstretched glove of Cano. Rivera then got tough and struck out Gomes and then Saltalamacchia to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 31st of the season and the 639th of his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.78.
Posted by: Patrick
Curt Schilling shared a compelling idea on Twitter last night, suggesting that the Rolaids Relief Man Award should be renamed to the Mariano Rivera Award following this season.



The award is based on statistics and the amount of saves, wins, losses, blown saves and "tough" saves (a save collected when the tying run is already on base when the pitcher enters) determine the winner, using a point based system.

Rivera has won the award 5 times, tied for the all-time record with Dan Quisenberry. He last won it in 2009, when he shared honors with Joe Nathan.

Via Kevin Kaduk.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera was honored with the 2013 All-Star Game MVP award, becoming the second Yankee and fifth pitcher to receive the accolade. Watch Bud Selig present it to him below.

Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera finished his All-Star game legacy in great form with a 1-2-3, 16 pitch inning to maintain a 3-0 lead. Watch the highlights below and then watch him reflect on it at MLB.com.

Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera entered last night's All-Star game to a familiar tune: Metallica's "Enter Sandman." In honor of the moment, all other players left the field leaving only Rivera, who received a standing ovation.

Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera, who holds the record for most All-Star game saves, would not get the chance this year. American League manager Jim Leyland wanted to be sure Rivera pitched, so he opted to send the Yankees closer out to pitch the bottom of the 8th with a 3-0 lead.

The concern was that if the National League were to rally in the 8th, Rivera might have to rush his warm-ups to at least face one batter in that inning, should the lead be threatened.

Rivera entered an empty field of play to Metallica's "Enter Sandman." All players had left the field for his entrance, out of respect, and remained off the field while he warmed up. It was a surreal scene as Rivera thanked them and the crowd, by removing his hat and gesturing toward them.

He needed only 16 pitches to retire Jean Segura, Allen Craig and Carlos Gomez - grounder, line out, grounder. The lead was preserved. Joe Nathan earned the save in the ninth, cementing the 3-0 win.

After the game, Rivera was named the MVP becoming just the second Yankee to do so (following Derek Jeter in 2000) and the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 and just the 5th pitcher ever.

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Posted by: Patrick
With this being Mariano Rivera's final All-Star game, players on both sides are being asked about his career and what participating in this event means to them. MLB.com has an assortment of responses.



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Posted by: Patrick
The All-Star Game will be played tonight at Citi Field, home of the Mets. The players held sessions with the press and Mariano Rivera was asked to reflect on what his final All-Star appearance means to him. Watch below, care of MLB.com.



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Posted by: Patrick
With Friday's save, ESPN reports that Mariano Rivera became the first pitcher ever to have 15 seasons with 30 saves or more. He was previously tied with Trevor Hoffman with 14 seasons.

Statistically, Rivera is on pace to finish the season with 51 saves. He has reached the 50 mark twice, hitting it on the nose in 2001 and setting his career high of 53 in 2004.

Via Deadspin. Thanks nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: Patrick
Earlier today, Delta held an event at Hangar 12 at JFK Airport in New York in honor of Mariano Rivera. The company dedicated a 757 aircraft to him, in celebration of his final season. The aircraft was marked with his signature and jersey number. The event featured Mariano Rivera throwing his ceremonial "last pitch" to manager Joe Girardi, his former catcher. Check out some photos from the event below.

Delta Event Honoring Mariano Rivera

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Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com has released their top 20 best selling jerseys and Mariano Rivera is second on the list. He and Derek Jeter (#7) are the only Yankees on the list and also the only people over the age of 30.
Posted by: Patrick
This might not come as a big surprise, but Brian Costa of The Wall Street Journal mentions that Mariano Rivera may retire as the player with the most games played to never have a hit.
Posted by: Patrick
AT&T has launched attmo-ments.com, offering anyone the opportunity to thank Mariano Rivera for "all of the unforgettable mo-ments he's given us." It's a cool mini-site featuring video and text messages from everyday fans and from those known within the baseball world, such as Rickey Henderson and Lou Piniella.

Rivera appeared at an AT&T store in Times Square to promote the campaign. While there, he revealed that his favorite baseball memory was the 2009 World Series because his kids were old enough to take it all in.

They also released a cool commercial, which you can watch below.

Posted by: David
Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant through seven innings as he held onto a 1-0 lead. David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth inning and the game was set up for Rivera. However, today was not Mo's day.

He was able to retire Manny Machado for the first out on a grounder to Cano. Nick Markakis just missed a home run into the upper deck in right field but the ball went foul. He then lined a single up the middle. Adam Jones was next and on an 0-1 pitch the cutter just did not work and the ball stayed in the middle of the plate and Jones crushed it to left for a two run home run. Rivera was able to strike out Chris Davis. Matt Wieters doubled and Hardy was intentionally walked before Chris Dickerson was retired on a come backer to the mound to end the inning.

The Yankees could not rally against Jim Johnson and lost the game 2-1. With the loss the Yankees fall behind the Orioles in the AL East but did gain a game by winning 2 of the 3 games in the series.

With the second blown save of the season Rivera has 29 saves in 31 save opportunities. His record is 1-2 and his season ERA now stands at 1.89.

Rivera was named to the American League All Star Game along with Robinson Cano.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera has been selected as a member of the 2013 American League All-Star team. It is his 13th appearance.

Rivera is the all-time All-Star game saves leader with 4, one more than Dennis Eckersley. Furthermore, he is tied for the best ERA (0.00) and base on balls allowed per 9 innings (.000), fifth in WHIP (.625) and tied for second in games played among pitchers (8).
Posted by: David
Andy Pettitte did not start out that well as he gave up a two run home run to Chris Davis in the first inning. The ball just got over the center field fence and the Yankees were behind 2-0. The Orioles added another run to make it 3-0 before the Yankees rallied for two runs against Tillman.

Pettitte would give up another run on a single from Taylor Teagarden and the Yankees were behind by 4-2.

They would rally in the middle of the game to tie the score at 4 and then in the sixth Nunez delivered an RBI single up the middle and Lyle Overbay was able to dive into home plate as the throw from Adam Jones could not be handled by Taylor Teagarden. Nunez was just activated today from the DL and delivered right away with a sacrifice fly as well.

Pettitte started the seventh and got two outs but was relieved by Shawn Kelley. Kelley was able to strike out Manny Machado to end the seventh inning.

David Robertson had to face the middle of the Orioles order in the 8th and got through it. Adam Jones led off with a single to right center and Chris Davis was at the plate as the potential go ahead run. Robertson struck him out looking for the first out and then got Brian Roberts to hit into an inning ending double play.

The Yankees could not add any insurance in the bottom of the eighth and Rivera was summoned to close the door.

Rivera got J.J. Hardy to ground out to second for the first out of the inning. Pinch hitter Nate McClouth got jammed by an inside cutter and the O's were down to their last out. Flaherty pinch hit and looped a ball up the middle which Cano could not get to and it fell for an infield single. Former Yankee Chris Dickerson was the third consecutive pinch hitter and Mo struck him out on three pitches.

The save for Rivera is his 29th in 30 opportunities and the 637th of his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.39.

With the win the Yankees move ahead of the Orioles into second place in the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox.
Posted by: David
CC Sabathia grinded for seven innings but was able to limit the Twins to only 2 runs despite having runners on in every inning he pitched. Joe Mauer drove in the first run with a double to left center and Trevor Plouffe got the lead to 2-0 on a home run in the fifth.

In the sixth the Yankees finally got to P.J. Walters. Brett Gardner walked to leadoff the inning and Ichiro followed with a double off the wall in right. Cano was up and Minnesota decided to pitch to him. Cano doubled off the wall in right and the Yankees tied the score at 2. Travis Hafner followed with a single to left but Cano could only make it to third. Almonte struck out but Lyle Overbay drove the first pitch to center for a sacrifice fly to give the Yankees the lead at 3-2.

Sabathia got out of the sixth with a double play and struck out Joe Mauer in the seventh to end the inning.

David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth inning and set up Rivera for the ninth.

Rivera faced Clete Thomas to lead off the ninth and he battled to a 3-2 count but then grounded to short for the first out. Chris Parmalee pinch hit and was able to loop a single just out of the reach of Cano. Mo struck out Dozier on three pitches and the game came down to Mo facing Joe Mauer with the game on the line. Rivera was able to jam him with a cutter inside and Mauer popped out to short to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 28th in 29 save opportunities. He now has 636 career saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.44.
Posted by: David
It looked like Mo would not be needed but the bullpen faltered. The Yankees had a commanding 7-1 lead entering the bottom of the ninth innings vs. the Twins, but Preston Claiborne and Adam Warren could not get the last out.

When the potential tying run was on deck out came Joe Girardi and "Enter Sandman."

Mo made it quick. He got Ryan Doumit on the second pitch to ground to short and the runner was forced at second to end the game.

For Rivera it was his 27th save in 28 chances and the 635th of his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.48.

The series continues tonight with CC Sabathia looking for career win number 200.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera's retirement tour has pulled into Minnesota for a series with the Twins. On Tuesday, the team presented the Yankees closer with a gift: a rocking chair made from broken bats. Not just random broken bats, though. Bats that Rivera broken while pitching against the Twins. Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Kirby Puckett were among those who contributed lumber. They also gave Rivera a $10,000 donation for his charitable foundation.

Big League Stew's David Brown has pictures.