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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth after Randy Johnson couldn't finish. Johnson led 6-2 enetering the ninth but surrendered a two run homer to Marcus Thames to cut the lead to 6-4 with no outs.

Rivera entered and Magglio Ordonez doubled up the gap in right. Rivera toughened and retired Guillen on a grounder to third, Casey on a grounder back to the mound and Inge on a tapper in front of the plate which Posada handled for the final out.

Rivera now has 412 saves for his career and his season ERA now stands at 1.90.

Yankees' radio announcer Suzyn Waldman reported that the results of the MRI came in and the news was good. It only showed soreness in the muscle below the elbow but no structural damage. He can still pitch and Joe Torre will try and rest him when he can.
Posted by: Patrick
From The New York Times:

Mariano Rivera and Jason Giambi played in yesterday’s doubleheader, so their health status is not alarming to the Yankees. But the team was concerned enough about them to schedule magnetic resonance imaging exams.

Rivera has experienced inflammation in his right elbow and will have a precautionary M.R.I. on the elbow soon, perhaps today. He earned the save in the first game yesterday but did not pitch in the second.

After working two innings for a save on Aug. 20, Rivera did not pitch for six days, until another two-inning outing on Sunday. There was only one save opportunity in that stretch, and Rivera said yesterday that he felt good and that he had enjoyed the rest.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 32nd save of the season and 411th of his career.

He entered in the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead and on the first pitch to Dmitri Young got him to ground to Jeter at short for the first out. Craig Monroe was struck out on three pitches and Jose Guillen became the last hope for the Tigers. He battled and eventually blooped a soft single to center to keep the inning going. Ivan Rodriguez was next and Mo got him to ground to A-Rod at third to end the game.

Rivera saved the game for Chien Ming-Wang who is now 16-5 on the season. He pitched 7 2/3 innings and left in the eighth with two runners on. Scott Proctor relieved him and ended the inning on one pitch to Magglio Ordonez by getting him to fly to left to end the inning. Rivera's ERA now stands at 1.93.

08/28: LOL

Posted by: Patrick
Well, that lasted long.
Posted by: David
It looked like it would be another day off for Rivera but Scott Proctor and Kyle Farnsworth were ineffective and Mo was summoned in the eighth with the Yankees leading 11-5 in a bases loaded, no out situation.

Rivera first faced Chone Figgins and induced a perfect double play ball which bounced over the glove of Nick Green and into center field scoring two runs. Juan Rivera got Izturis to bounce to A-Rod, which got Mike Nepoli of the Angels was caught in a rundown and ruled out for going out of the base line. Orlando Cabrera struck out and Vladimir Guerrero bounced to Jeter at short for the force at second to end the inning.

Rivera gave up a run in the ninth when after two outs, he hit Howie Kendrick with a pitch. Kendrick took second on defensive indifference (DI) and scored on a bloop single to right from Adam Kennedy. Kennedy also took second on DI but Mo got Nepoli to strike out to end the game.

Rivera is 5-5 on the season with 31 saves and his ERA now stands at 1.96.
Posted by: Patrick
Yahoo! Sports mentions that Torre has said that he doesn't expect to use Mo for more than an inning in any appearance for the rest of this season.

08/25: Billy Wagner

Posted by: Patrick
Wagner: Winning the most important:

Wagner also likes to take a jab or two at the cult of Mariano Rivera worshippers. Any time Rivera blows a save, which doesn't happen often, Wagner will make some sort of comment within earshot of reporters. It's not a rip on Rivera, just the aura of infallibility that surrounds him.

"I'm jealous," Wagner said. "As a player, that's where you want to be, to be put in his situation. He's been great and winning cures a lot of things. I mean, if you win, it's awful hard to get criticized very much, and he's won championships and he's proven himself like nobody else in the game has besides Trevor [Hoffman].

That just seems really lame to me. I know the reason for the lack of criticism, though. Postseason numbers:

Mariano Rivera: 24 postseason series (team record: 17-7, 4 world champions), 72 games, 111.2 IP, 8-1, 34 saves, 0.81 ERA.
Trevor Hoffman: 5 postseason series (team record: 2-3, 0 world champions), 11 games, 12 IP, 1-2, 3 saves, 3.75 ERA.
Billy Wagner: 4 postseason series (team record: 0-4, 0 world champions), 5 games, 4.2 IP, 1-0, 0 saves, 7.71 ERA.

Yes, I realize there are team factors, but regardless, when your that good, most criticism is short sighted.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered in the bottom of the ninth inning with the scored tied at 5 and proved again why he is the greatest closer of all time.

He faced David Ortiz (Big Papi) to start the inning and made a good pitch on him and got him to ground to first. Giambi let the ball play him and did an ole and as a result the ball jumped over his glove and went into right field. Ortiz hustled it into a double. Manny Ramirez was walked to put runners on first and second with no one out. Kevin Youkilis attempted to bunt to sacrifice the runners but Mo jumped on the bunt and forced Ortiz at third for the first out. Mike Lowell was up next and Posada committed a passed ball and the runners moved up to second and third. Lowell was intentionally walked to load the bases. Both the infield and outfield moved in to try to prevent the winning run from scoring. Boston put up newly acquired Eric Hinske to pinch hit. Mo threw one cutter but it sailed inside. Rivera then went right after him and threw three straight fastballs by him for the second out. Doug Mirabelli then grounded back to Mo to end the inning.

In the top of the tenth Jason Giambi led off with his second home run of the game to put the Yankees up 6-5. Cano got a one out double and Posada lined a shot down the right field line which stayed fair for another home run to put the Yankees up 8-5.

In the bottom of the tenth Alex Cora led off and Mo got him to ground to short for the first out. Coco Crisp popped out to A-Rod at third and Mark Loretta then became the last hope for the Bosox. He singled to right and Ortiz was up again. Mo got him to fly to right to end the game.

Rivera is now 5-5 on the season and his ERA now stands at 1.88.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano finished the second game of the Yankees/Red Sox doubleheader, giving the Yankees a 14 to 11 win. He got Mark Loretta to foul out before surrending a home run to David Ortiz. An A-Rod error allowed Manny to each safely, but that would be the end of it as Mike Lowell flied out to right and Wily Mo Pena grounded out to first.

Mo's ERA climbs to 1.94 due to the earned run.
Posted by: Patrick
From RealGM Baseball:

"I would love to pitch in the new Stadium," Rivera said before last night's game against the Orioles at the Stadium. "I could retire after that." ...

"Maybe after the season, we will see what comes up," Rivera said about an extension that would take him through the 2009 season.

I would love to see it.
Posted by: David
The Yankees fell behind 3-0 to Eric Bedard and the Orioles but were able to comeback and tie the game thanks to a two run homer from Johnny Damon off of reliever Latroy Hawkins. Robinson Cano put the Yankees ahead with an RBI double and they added two insurance runs in the eighth to end the scoring at 6-3.

Rivera entered in the ninth and struck out Ramon Hernandez for the first out of the inning. Nick Markakis hit a hot smash back to the mound which Mo gloved over his head and threw out Markakis for the second out. Brian Roberts battled Mo to a twelve pitch at bat and eventually singled to left. Chris Gomez then grounded out to Cano to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 31st of the season and 410th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.83.
Posted by: Patrick
After 7 innings of 8 hit, 2 run ball, Randy was relieved by Kyle Farnsworth, who pitched a 1-2-3 8th to setup the 9th for Mo.

He allowed a single to Robb Quinlan, who was allowed to take second on fielder indifference. Jose Molina, Reggie Willits and Chone Figgins are grounded out in order, however, to end it. With the Yankees up 5, it wasn't a save situation, but it does pull down Mo's ERA to 1.86.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera earned his 30th save of the season on Saturday afternoon as the Yankees defeated the Angels 5-2.

Rivera faced Juan Rivera to start the inning and got him to fly to center for the first out. Curtis Pride was next as grounded to short for the second out. Howie Kendrick was the last hope and grounded out to second to end the game.

Rivera is 4-5 on the season with 30 saves in 33 save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 1.89.
Posted by: David
After six innings Randy Johnson was pitching a no-hitter and it looked like it would be a night off for Mo, however the White Sox bats erupted and Rivera was summoned to put out the fire.

The Yankees were leading 7-0 going into the bottom of the seventh and Johnson had not given up a hit. When the inning ended the Sox had two runs and could have had more if Ron Villone had not pitched out of a bases loaded, none out jam.

In the eighth, Kyle Farnsworth took over and surrendered a home run to Tadahito Iguchi to move the score to 7-3. He got two outs but also allowed two runners on. Joe Crede then took him deep for a three run homer and the Yankee lead was down to one run. Enter Sandman!

Rivera entered with two outs in the eighth and faced A.J. Pierzynski. He jammed him on a cutter and got him to hit a soft liner back to the mound to end the inning. Pierzynski got jammed so bad that he fell over at the plate.

In the ninth, Alex Cintron led off by grounding to second for the first out. Matt Anderson fell behind 0-2 but then Rivera went too far inside and hit Anderson with the pitch. Mo got tough and struck out Podsednik for the second out. Iguchi was the last hope and he battled Mo and hit a soft liner to right center which fell in front of Bernie and put runners on first and third. Next up for Chicago is the dangerous Jim Thome. Mo fell behind 2-0 but worked back and got him to hit a grounder to Cano at second which he flipped to Jeter for the force to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 29th of the season and 408th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.92.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera blew his third save of the season as Paul Konerko led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run to right center off of Mo. Rivera got him to swing and miss twice during the at bat but threw a flat cutter which was up and out over the plate. Konerko jumped on the pitch and tied the game.

Jermaine Dye was the next batter and singled to left. A.J. Pierzynski then attempted to sacrifice but the bunt was not good and Rivera fielded it and forced Dye at second. Pablo Luna replaced Pierzynski at first and attempted to steal but was thrown out by Posada for the second out. Joe Crede then flew out to right to end the inning.

The White Sox ended up winning the game in the bottom of the 11th inning when Dye lined a single to center to score Iguchi with the winning run.

Rivera is now 4-5 on the season with 28 saves in 31 save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 1.96.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered in the bottom of the eighth inning with two runners on and two outs. With the Yankees leading 5-1, the potential tying run was on deck, hence a save situation existed.

Rivera faced rookie Nick Markasis and got him to ground out to first to end the inning. The Yankees added another run in the top of the ninth to extend the scoring to 6-1.

In the bottom of the ninth, Fernando Tatis pinch hit for catcher Chris Widger and Mo got him to fly out to Abreu in right for the first out. Brian Roberts then grounded to Nick Green at second and there were two quick outs. Melvin Mora battled but eventually flew to right to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 28th of the season and 407th of his career. His ERA on the season now stands at 1.84.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera hadn't pitched since last Sunday but no fear Yankee fans - he did it again. He entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with the Yankees leading 5-4 and held on to earn his 27th save of the season.

Kevin Millar was the first batter and he came into the AB hitting .462 lifetime vs. Mo. Rivera retired him on a pop fly to center for the first out. Jeff Conine battled and eventually grounded a single through the hole past Jeter. Ramon Hernandez was next and battled Mo to a 3-2 count but he was jammed by a cutter inside and grounded into a game ending double play.

The save for Rivera is the 406th of his career and his season ERA now stands at 1.88.