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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera finished Spring Training with another scoreless inning against the Detroit Tigers. He faced four batters, walking one and striking out two. For the spring, he pitched ten scoreless innings.
Posted by: Patrick
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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera completed his ninth consecutive scoreless inning of the Spring on Monday afternoon in Tampa. He worked the ninth inning of a 5-1 win for the Yankees. He retired Victorrino on a broken bat pop up to short for the first out. Former Yankee Karim Garcia went down swinging for the second out. Abraham Nunez hit a broken bat pop up over short for a single befoer Mo retired Jayson Werth to end the game.

For the Spring, Mo has worked nine scoreless innings and has surrendered only four hits and no walks.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked his eighth consecutive scoreless inning on Saturday afternoon vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. Mo pitched the top of the ninth in a tie game at the time of this writing.

Rivera faced John McDonald to start off the inning and got him to fly to left after an eight pitch battle. Ryan Roberts then bounced back to Mo for the second out. Michael Vento was caught looking for the final out of the inning.

For the spring, Mo has pitched 8 innings and has allowed only 3 hits, 0 walks and 0 runs.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect sixth inning on Tuesday night as the Yankees beat the Phillies 2-0. Rivera had two strikeouts, including getting reigning MVP Ryan Howard on a change up. Mo has not given up a run in seven innings this Spring.

03/19: Autographs

Posted by: Patrick
Peter Abraham as a nice article on Mo:

For most players, an autograph consists of some careless squiggles. Not Rivera. He signed every card and ball with a black felt-tip pen, slowly inscribing each letter in his name with the care of a calligrapher.

When he finished, Rivera softly blew on his signature to dry the ink, then carefully tucked the finished product into an envelope.

"If you're going to do something, you should do it right," he said.

Via Dave and Aziz.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera is not getting enough work. On Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Mo worked the top of the sixth and retired the side on five pitches. Doug Mientkiewicz made a diving catch on the first pitch of the inning to rob Chris Duffy of a hit. Rivera then retired Luis Matos on a pop out to Cabrera in right and Jason Bay on a grounder to Jeter at short to end the inning.

On the spring, Mo has worked six innings and has surrendered three hits, struck out five and walked none. His ERA for the spring still stands at 0.00.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked another scoreless inning on Thursday at home vs. the Atlanta Braves. He pitched the eighth inning and surrendered one hit but no runs. The Yankees came back from a 2-0 deficit with three in the seventh to win the game 3-2.

03/15: #7

Posted by: Patrick
Ed Price mentions that Mo was sent a pair of cleats from Nike. On the tongue, his number 42. But, on the heel, the number 7. After seeing it, Jorge Posada said "What is that? Are you Mickey Mantle?"
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless inning for the fourth consecutive appearance on Tuesday evening at Tampa as the Yankees lost to the Reds 6-3. Rivera pitched during the fifth inning and surrendered a single but still has not been scored upon during the Spring.
Posted by: Patrick
John Harper has a nice piece on Mo, his contract, etc.

Rivera says he has not spoken with Brian Cashman since the Yankee GM told him a few weeks ago he would prefer to wait until after this season, when Rivera's contract expires, to talk about next year and beyond.

"I'm OK with that," Rivera said. "I've put that behind me." ...

What matters for the moment is that Rivera looks like the same old Rivera, which gives him more leverage to reopen a public discussion over his contract extension. Except he doesn't seem inclined to do it, and he doesn't offer even the slightest indication that he is unhappy about it.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was as usual again on Sunday afternoon in Tampa. His third appearance of the spring was not quite as automatic since he gave up a two out double to Josh Barfield. He started the fifth inning by getting Michael Aubrey to fly to right for the first out. Trevor Crow then grounded to Jeter at short befor the Barfield double. David Dellucci ended the inning by popping up to Jeter.

In three appearances Rivera has pitched three innings and retired nine of the ten batters he has faced.
Posted by: Patrick
In the Yankees 1-1 tie with the Reds yesterday, Mo pitched a 1-2-3 4th inning. During the inning, while facing Josh Hamilton, he threw two change ups. First, one to start the at bat and then another one that froze Hamilton for the strikeout. From the New York Daily News:

Rivera turned toward Derek Jeter after the strikeout, flashing a wide grin while holding up two fingers to indicate how many changeups he threw.

"I was laughing the whole time," Jeter said. "Don't tell anyone he's using it."

Yeah, everyone keep it quiet.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was perfect again in his second appearance of the spring. He pitched the fourth inning against the Reds. He retired the first batter on a fly to center then struck out the former overall number one draft pick from 1999 (Josh Hamilton) and then retired the last batter on a grounder to A-Rod at short.

The game ended in a 1-1 tie after ten innings.
Posted by: Patrick
From the press release:

New York, NY--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--March 7, 2007--Legendary New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera today agreed to be an official spokesperson for the American Bible Society’s “La Biblia Es Mi Guía” (“The Bible Is My Guide”) national advocacy campaign designed to promote Bible reading among Hispanics.

Rivera will be the face of a subway advertising campaign running March 3rd to April 1st that encourages Latinos across New York City and the Tri-state area to read the Bible and experience its life changing message. Rivera will promote the central theme of the campaign – “La Biblia Es Mi Guía…Leela!” (The Bible is My Guide…Read it!).

“I am excited about our partnership with Mariano Rivera,” expressed Rev. Emilio A. Reyes, vice president, Hispanic/Latino Ministries of American Bible Society. “I know this partnership will have a great impact in reaching New York’s Latino community, many of whom have not yet experienced the life-changing message of the Bible.”

“I believe that the Bible teaches us, that the Bible guides us, it’s the life-giving Word of God,” said Rivera. “We need this guide on a daily basis in order to move forward and that is why I support this campaign.”
Posted by: Patrick
From Mark Feinsand:

Mariano Rivera made his spring debut yesterday, throwing a perfect inning against the Tigers. Rivera struck out Brent Clevlen and Brandon Inge, then got Sean Casey to ground out back to the mound.