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Posted by: Patrick
Mo finished off a 1 hitter with a 1-2-3 inning (Endy Chavez, Ramon Castro, Jose Reyes) to hand the Yankees a 2-0 victory over the Mets.

Mike Mussina started the game, but due to a rain delay, only went 4 innings. He failed to allow a hit. Ron Villone was next in and he pitched 2 innings, allowing the only Mets hit of the night to Endy Chavez. Scott Proctor and Kyle Farnsworth each pitched an inning of their own before Mo got the ball.

It was Mo's 18th save of the year, placing him 3 away from 400. His ERA is down to 1.84.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked the 9th and 10th innings yesterday afternoon in the finale of the three game series vs. the Braves.

The score was tied at two when he entered in the ninth. He struck out Brian McCann to start the inning and then Jeff Francouer singled to center. Mo then retired the next two batters in order to end the inning. In the tenth, Ryan Langerhans was retired before Marcus Giles got a four pitch walk. Edgar Renteria was up 2-0 on the count when Giles was thrown out attempting to steal for the second out. Mo worked back from a 3-0 count to retire Renteria on a grounder to second.

In the 12th, Scott Proctor gave up a go ahead home run to Giles to put the Braves up 3-2. However, in the bottom of the twelfth, Giambi worked a one out walk and A-Rod finally delivered with a walk off home run to win the game 4-3.

Rivera is has a 4-4 record with 17 saves in 19 save opportunites. His season ERA now stands at 1.88.
Posted by: David
Mike Mussina and Dontrelle Willis both pitched great all day. Dontrelle just had one big mistake as he hung a breaking pitch to Johnny Damon in the eighth inning and the Yankees went ahead 2-1.

Kyle Farnsworth made it exciting in the ninth by loading the bases before getting a fly to left for the last out. The Sandman was business as usual.

Rivera entered in the ninth and worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning to record his 16th save of the season. Jeremy Hermida grounded to second base for the first out. Cody Ross then bounced to A-Rod at third for the second out and Wes Helms was the last hope for the Marlins. Mo got him on a fly ball to right to end the game.

Rivera now has 395 career saves and his season ERA is now at 2.01.
Posted by: David
It was a non-save situation but Joe Torre did not want to take any chances. Jaret Wright only pitched five innings but did not give up any runs. The bullpen pitched great with Villone, Proctor, Farnsworth and Rivera each pitching an inning of scoreless relief.

Rivera entered with a 5-0 lead and faced Pat Burrell to lead off the inning. He got behind 2-0 on Pat the Bat but then threw three strikes in a row with the last one catching Burrell looking. Ryan Howard then blooped a fly ball to left which Cabrera made a diving catch on for the second out. Aaron Rowand then hit the ball hard back to the mound which Mo stopped and then scrambled after. His throw was a little wild but Cairo came off the bag to catch it and tagged Rowand running by.

Rivera is 4-4 on the season with 14 saves and his ERA now stands at 2.11.
Posted by: David
The Yankees came back twice to tie the Phillies at 3 and 5 but their third comeback was the charm as they scored four in the eighth to take a 9-7 lead and hand the ball over to Mo.

Rivera faced David Bell to start the inning and got him to bounce back to the mound for the first out. Sal Fasano then struck out before Shane Victorino hit a broken bat grounder to second to end the inning. In the top of the ninth Rivera made his first regular season plate appearance and struck out. Mo had three postseason at bats during his career.

The ninth was a little more eventful. Mo got Jimmy Rollins to ground to Giambi right at the bag for the first out. Chase Utley was jammed but managed to loop a ball into right for a single. Bobby Abreu then struck out swinging for the second out. Pinch hitter David Dellucci blooped a single to left to put the tying runs on base. The stage was set as the next batter up was Ryan Howard who had homered twice and also added a triple to temporarily put the Phillies ahead at 7-5. He had seven RBI in all. Mo jammed him with a cutter and he grounded to second to end the game.

For Rivera the save was his 14th of the season and 393rd of his career. His season ERA is now at 2.17.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered the game in the eighth with the score tied at five. Kyle Farnsworth started the inning and retired the first batter on a bouncer back to the mound but bent over in pain after throwing the ball to first and left the game with back spasms.

Rivera entered and was allowed as much time as necessary to warm up due to the injury to Farnsworth. The first batter he faced was former Yankee Nick Johnson and he retired him on a fly ball down the left field line which Jeter ran down just inside the foul line. Zimmerman was the next batter and Mo caught him looking to end the eighth.

In the ninth Bernie Williams led off with a homer off Nats closer Chad Cordero and the Yankees added another run on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 7-5.

In the bottom of the ninth Jose Guillen led off by flying out to center for the first out. Brian Schneider then bounced weakly to first which Phillips handled unassisted and then Damian Jackson grounded to first on a check swing with Mo covering to end the game.

Rivera is now 4-3 on the season with 13 saves and his ERA now stands at 1.82.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was simply awesome on Monday night. He worked a scoreless ninth to protect a 1-0 win for the Yankees and Chien Ming-Wang.

Travis Hafner was the first batter Mo faced and he grounded to first which Phillips fielded but he dropped the ball out of his glove attempting to throw and Hafner was safe on the error. Victor Martinez swung at the first pitch and flied to Damon in center for the first out. Eduardo Perez pinch hit for Ben Broussard and Mo blew him away on a high outside fast ball. Ronnie Belliard then looked at a called third strike to end the game.

For Rivera the save is his 13th of the season and 392nd of his career. His ERA now stands at 1.91.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera moved into fourth place on the all time career saves list with a perfect ninth inning save vs. the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at the stadium. He preserved a 2-1 victory for Chien Ming Wang.

Rivera first faced Trot Nixon and got him on the first pitch to pop up to short left to Melky Cabrera for the first out. Jason Varitek grounded hard to first but Andy Phillips got in front of the ball and recovered nicely to beat Varitek to the bag for the second out. The last hope for the Bosox was Mike Lowell. Mo got him to ground weakly to Cano at second for the final out of the game.

In the top of the eighth with Kyle Farnsworth pitching, he retired Loretta on a fly ball to center and struck out David Ortiz for the second out. Manny Ramirez then hit a drive to deep left center field which Melky Cabrera reached his glove over the fence and robbed Manny of a game tying homer.

For Rivera it was his 12th save of the season and 391st of his illustrious career. His season ERA now stand at 2.15.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera returned to the mound for the Yankees for the first time since May 30th in Detroit. He injured his back on Thursday, June 1st when he was putting on his spikes. He missed the last game of the Tigers series in which Kyle Farnsworth blew the save and lost the game.

Tonight in the Bronx the Yankees bombed the Red Sox by hammering Josh Beckett with a seven run second inning including three run homers from Andy Phillips and Jason Giambi.

The Yankees cruised the rest of the way and Mo entered in the ninth to get the rust off. He got Alex Gonzales to ground to third for the first out and then Coco Crisp lined to Phillips at first for the second out. Mark Loretta lined a single to center before pinch hitter Alex Cora grounded right down the first base line to Phillips for the final out.

Rivera is 3-3 on the year with 11 saves in 12 save opportunities and his season ERA now stands at 2.22.