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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera earned his 52nd save of the season against the Twins at the stadium early Tuesday evening. He walked Kubel on four pitches to lead off the inning, but then struck out Hunter looking and got Morneau to hit into a game ending double play. The Yankees faced leading AL CY Young canditate Johan Santana. He was shaky in the first two innings but left after five leading 3-1. The Yankees got four runs in the 7th off Romero and Rincon with A-ROD producing a huge two run triple to give the Yankees the lead. For Rivera, its his 335th career save and puts him only six behind Rollie Fingers for 7th place all time.
Posted by: David
For a second it looked like deja vu all over again. Last Friday night Mo came in for the ninth and faced Trot Nixon to start the inning and walked him. The same thing happened tonight. However, Mo got Jason Varitek to hit back to the box which he turned into a double play. Orlando Cabrera then got a fly ball double on a pop up to right field. Up next was Bill Mueller who beat Mo back in July on a walk off homerun. Tonight Mo retired him on a bouncer back to the mound. The Yankees battled all night and eventually got to Pedro in the 8th with Matsui hitting a homer to tie the score and Bernie Williams and Ruben Sierra putting together hits to take a 5-4 lead. Sheffield got a two out single in the ninth and Matsui came through again with a double high off the green monster to score Sheff. The win extends the Yankees lead over the Red Sox to 5 1/2 games.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano became only the second person to ever record 50 saves in two seperate seasons. The other was Eric Gagne. Thanks Musharaf!
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera earned his 331st career save to move him into 8th place by himself and ahead of former Yankees closer John Wetteland. With the score tied 7-7 to start the ninth, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui homered to give the Yankees a 9-7 lead. Then entered the Sandman. Mo struck out Melvin Mora on a 3-2 pitch. Tejada lined a shot back to Mo which he caught for the second out and then he broke the bat of Palmeiro on a grounder to first to end the game. Its his MLB leading 48th save of the year.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera notched his 47th save of the season against the Orioles at Camden Yards Saturday afternoon. He preserved a 5-2 victory for "El Duque". He only gave up a harmless fly ball single to Palmeiro but then retired the next three batters in succession to end the game. Mo is now tied with Wetteland for 8th place all time on the career saves list. He would have to gain 11 saves in the last 20 games to pull ahead of Bobby Thigpen for the most saves in one season.
Posted by: David
Rivera entered the ninth with the scored tied 3-3. He gave up a single to B.J. Surhoff leading off, and then Jay Gibbons grounder just got through the hole to left to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Mo, however was cool as they come. He struck out Larry Bigbie, then got Roberts to ground to second for the second out. Then David Newhan made the mistake of trying to bunt against Rivera. Mo charged the ball and threw out Newhan to end the inning. The Yankees scored in the bottom of the ninth to win the game and give Mo his 4th win of the season. I personally was at the game and thanks Mo for a great time.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera recorded his 46th save of the year against the Indians at the stadium tonight. He entered in the 8th inning with the tieing run on and two outs. He retired Travis Hafner on a grounder to second to end the inning. The Yankees scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 5-3. Mo gave up a leadoff double to Casey Blake but then got tough. He shattered the bat of Broussard on a pop up toward second which the fielded and threw to first for the out. Blake moved to third base on the play. He then struck out Ron Belliard and Jody Gerut to end the game. Its his 329th career save and puts him only one behind Wetteland for 8th all time.