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Posted by: David
The game started late due to rain and then after 5 1/2 innings, the rains came again. This time the delay was for 53 minutes. The Yankees had the lead at 3-1 before the rain came and Andy Pettitte was dueling Yohan Santana. Santana walked four and three of the walks scored. Pettitte came back out after the rain delay and surrendered a solo homer to David Wright to make the score 3-2.

Jose Veras pitched the seventh and Kyle Farnsworth was great in the eighth, pitching a perfect inning including striking out Carlos Beltran. Beltran struck out all four times on the day.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees called on the Sandman and he delivered as usual. He simply overpowered Carlos Delgago with cutters inside and struck him out swinging on four pitches. Fernando Tatis fought off a cutter inside and lofted a fly ball to right which Abreu caught for the second out. Trot Nixon the former Red Sox and Yankee killer was the last hope for the Mets and Mo finished him off in three pitches, the last one looking on the outside corner to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 22nd of the season and 465th of his career. He is only 13 behind Lee Smith for 2nd place on the all time career saves list. His season ERA now stands at 0.74.
Posted by: Patrick
From the press release:

New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim star outfielder Torii Hunter and rapper/hip hop artist Talib Kweli will celebrate All Star Week at an exclusive, star-studded private event at the New York City hotspot, Pink Elephant. Purple Beverage Company, Inc. (OTCBB: PPBV) is partnering with Pink Elephant to host the "Purple All Star Celebration" on the eve of baseball's mid-summer classic to celebrate our nation's pastime and raise a glass to the company's baseball star partners.

“We’re excited to work together with Pink Elephant to celebrate All Star Week in New York City by hosting this VIP event,” said Ted Farnsworth, CEO of Purple Beverage Company. “The party will not only provide Purple Beverage Company with the opportunity to honor Torii Hunter and Mariano Rivera, but it will also provide us with a venue to introduce Purple™ to other VIPs, baseball stars and celebrities gathering in town for the historic final All Star Game at Yankee Stadium.”

The event will also feature rapper Talib Kweli, who is credited for his socially conscious rap lyrics. As one of the best-known rappers in alternative hip hop, Kweli – who was named a favorite rapper by both Jay-Z and 50 Cent – will give a private performance for Purple All Star Celebration attendees.

“We are excited for Talib Kweli’s performance at the Purple All Star Celebration,” added Farnsworth. “Not only is he a well-respected hip hop artist, but he also shares Purple Beverage Company’s core values in his socially-mindful lyrics that promote causes like thinking ‘green’ and community building.”

The Purple All Star Celebration at Pink Elephant is an exclusive, invitation-only event to be held after the Home Run Derby on July 14. A full list of other VIP guests and opportunities to win tickets to the event will be announced within the upcoming weeks.

Ranked "Best Nightclub" by City Search 2006, Pink Elephant is an opulent oasis fashioned after the festive party paradises of St. Tropez and Rio de Janeiro. Pink Elephant offers a plush, intimate haven in which to enjoy a high-energy atmosphere, luxurious service and some of the world's most popular house music DJs.
Posted by: David
It looked as though Mo would not get a chance to appear in the weekend series vs. the Reds. Andy Pettitte pitched six strong innings before a 56 minute rain delay with the Yankees leading 1-0.

When play resumed, the Yankees were able to add three more runs with two coming on an opposite field double from Jason Giambi. With a 4-0 lead there was no save situation.

Edwar Ramirez worked a scoreless 7th and Kyle Farnsworth got the first two outs in the eighth. Then Ken Griffey, Jr. stepped to the plate in what could have been his last appearance at the current Yankee Stadium. He homered into the short right field porch and made the score 4-1, creating a save situation for Rivera.

The next batter hit a ball back through the box which Farnsworth stabbed at with his pitching hand and the ball deflected to A-Rod. He fielded it, but threw wide and the runner went to second. Farnsworth summoned the trainer and he left the game immediately. The Iceman was called and Mo delivered as usual. He faced Javier Valentin with two outs in the eighth and got him to hit back to the mound. Mariano picked it up and took it to the bag unassisted to end the inning.

In the ninth, there was a bit more drama. Joey Votto check swung at an inside cutter and the ball dribbled down the third base line for an infield single. Rookie sensation Jay Bruce fought off another cutter inside and looped the ball to right center to put two runners on without an out. Corey Patterson grounded to short with Jeter stepping on the bag for one out, but just missing the play at first as Patterson reached. Adam Dunn pinch hit and Mo caught him looking with a fastball on the outside corner for the second out. Norris Hopper was then the last hope and he bounced back to Mo, who threw to first to end the game.

The save is the 21st consecutive save of the season for Rivera in as many opportunities. It's also the 464th of his career. His 2008 season ERA now stands at 0.76.
Posted by: Patrick
From Ed Price:

Not only has Rivera converted his first 20 save chances, making him the third pitcher to do so since 2000, but he has not allowed a run in any of those games. He is just the third pitcher since the save was instituted in 1969 to complete his first 20 save opportunities without allowing a run, joining Detroit's John Hiller in 1973 and Boston's Jonathan Papelbon in 2006. ...

Yet when the Yankees have a slim lead, he is nearly untouchable. Rivera has retired 25 of the last 26 batters he has faced when protecting a one-run lead -- 0-for-25 with one walk and 15 strikeouts. The only hit he has allowed all year with the Yankees up a run came April 3, to Toronto's Vernon Wells.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was simply awesome again! He came in the ninth with only a one run lead (2-1) and caught Hairston looking and then got Greene and Barrett swinging to end the game.

For Rivera, he is 2-2 on the season with 20 saves in as many save opportunities and his 2008 season ERA now stands at 0.79. For the Yankees, it was their 7th straight win and they are now only five games behind the Boston Red Sox and only four in the loss column.
Posted by: Patrick
Sean Brennan of the Daily News and Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune both have features on Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera, which each pitcher talking about the other.

"We've never really crossed paths much," Hoffman said Wednesday. "The times that we have, you know, the World Series isn't a time for a lot of chit-chat. Otherwise, there just hasn't been a lot of opportunity. He's always been an American Leaguer, I've always been a National Leaguer. But I do know there's a lot of respect there."

"There is, very much," Rivera said Wednesday. "But I do not know him."

"I admire Trevor, the way he goes about his business. He respects the game and what baseball is all about. When you have a player like that who does his job, the same job I do, you appreciate it more." ...

"We're two totally different players," said Rivera, who picked up his 19th save of the season Wednesday night. "He relies on his breaking pitch, his off-speed stuff and I'm a power pitcher and yet we both have had success. That's what's amazing about it. He's tremendous in his ability."
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera recorded his 19th consecutive save of the season vs. the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night at the stadium as the Yankees won 8-5. The Padres had closed the score to 5-4 on consecutive home runs from Brian Giles and Adrian Gonzales but the Yankees came right back with two in their next at bats. Chase Headley pulled the Padres back two within two with a homer off of Kyle Farnsworth but the Yankees again scored right back with a run in the bottom half to extend the lead to 8-5.

Rivera faced Edgar Gonzalez to start the inning and he doubled to right on a pitch that Mo left out over the plate. He then caught Brian Giles looking for the first out. Adrian Gonzalez then stepped up and Mo jammed him with a cutter which induced Gonzalez to loop a soft liner to Jeter at short. Jeter caught the ball and beat Edgar Gonzalez to the bag for a game ending double play.

For Rivera, its his 19th save of the season and 462nd of his career. His season ERA now stands at 0.82.
Posted by: David
It wasn't a save situation but Mariano needed work. Mo came in the ninth with the Yankees leading 8-0 and proceeded to strike out swinging, Clark, Headley and Greene. His season ERA now stands at 0.84.
Posted by: Patrick
From Peter Abraham:

Meanwhile, I went to the Padres clubhouse to speak to Trevor Hoffman for my Sunday column. What a tremendous guy. We got to talking about Mariano Rivera and here’s what he said:

“It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as that man. I have tremendous respect for him. I’m hoping that sometime in the next three days I can shake his hand and tell him that.”

How great is that?

Great, indeed. Very kind of Hoffman.
Posted by: Patrick
Ben mentioned that with last night's two strikeout performance, Mo moved into 16th place on the Yankees all-time strikeouts list, with 889 (one above David Cone).

Next up? Fritz Peterson at 893, Bob Turley at 909 and Jack Chesbro at 913.
Posted by: David
Andy Pettitte pitched eight strong innings and even warmed up for the ninth while Mo was entering. His going out for the ninth was just a ploy to get Rivera a few more warm up pitches. With the Yankeees leading 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, the iceman cometh!

Rivera faced four batters, walking one and striking out two including Carlos Gonzales to end the game. For Rivera its his 18th straight save of the season and 461st of his career. His season ERA now stands at 0.87.
Posted by: David
Chien-Ming Wang started the season with six wins in his first seven decisions but hasn't had a win since. In his last six starts prior to Tuesday night, he has gone 0-2 with four no decisions. Tonight the sinker was working like a charm as he induced four double play balls to get out of potential trouble. Wang left after 7 1/3 innings with the Yankees leading 2-1 and Jose Veras pitched the last two outs of the eighth. Melky Cabrera hit a homer in the top of the ninth to give the Yankees an insurance run with a 3-1 lead.

Rivera then entered in the bottom of the ninth for his fourth straight appearance. He struck out Daric Barton for the first out and got Buck on a broken bat pop up to Cano for the second. Carlos Gonzales then blooped a single to center before Suzuki flied out to right to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his 17th save of the season and 460th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 0.90.
Posted by: David
Mo entered in the ninth with the scored tied at 2 and series Yankee killer Jose Guillen took him deep to left on an 0-2 pitch. Guillen was 9 for 16 in the series with four homers and 10 RBI. He was able to retire the next three batters in order on a ground out and two strike outs, but the damage was done. The Yankees loaded the bases in the ninth with two outs, but Melky Cabrera grounded to first to end the game.

Rivera is now 2-2 on the season and his ERA now stands at 0.93.
Posted by: Patrick
As we reported back in March, Mo is appearing in Father's Day promotions for Macy's. You can see part of this online now on the Macy's homepage, where he is featured alongside Joe Torre and Albert Pujols.

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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera did it the Mo way on Sunday afternoon by setting down the Royals on only seven pitches. Olivo flied out and Gload and Aviles grounded to second for the other two outs.

Rivera saved the first major league win for Dan Giese who relieved Joba Chamberlain for the second straight start. For Rivera, it's his 16th save of the season and 459th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 0.64.
Posted by: David
In a simply wild game, the unimaginable happened. Mariano Rivera entered in the ninth inning with the game tied at 10 and, on the first pitch, David DeJesus homered into the bleachers in right center to give the Royals the lead at 11-10.

With a stunned crowd watching, Rivera struck out Aviles, then got Teahen to pop to shortstop and retired Ross Gload on a grounder to second to end the inning.

With one out in the bottom half, Jorge Posada took Royals closer Joaquim Soria deep to right to tie the score at 11. Wilson Betemit walked and Melky Cabrera got an infield single. Johnny Damon came to the plate with a five for five day and delivered a ground rule double just inside the right field line to score Betemit and give the Yankees an 12-11 lead.

Rivera is now 2-1 on the season with 15 saves in as many opportunities. With the one run given up on the homer, his season ERA now stands at 0.67.
Posted by: Patrick
From the press release:

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera has been named the Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 1st. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the company's long-standing tradition of recognizing achievements that inspire us all to seize opportunities to perform at our very best.

In four games last week, Rivera recorded three saves, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out seven. On Saturday, the 38-year-old right-hander recorded his 15th save of the season against the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome. The eight-time American League All-Star has converted all 15 save opportunities this season. The Panama native is currently 1-1 with a 0.36 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 25.0 innings in 2008. This marks Rivera's first career weekly award honor.

This is the first time (?!) in his career that he's been named the player of the week. Peter Abraham shared a funny exchange between beat writer Mark Feinsand and Derek Jeter, when Jeter learned that Rivera had been given the award. Joel Sherman also has a funny line:

Mariano Rivera was named the AL Player of the Week, which is kind of like naming Bill Gates the richest man of May.
Posted by: David
The Yankees returned to the "W" column on Wednesday night after losing three straight. Rivera entered in the ninth with the Yankees leading 5-1 and made quick work of the Blue Jays. He caught Scott Rolen and Matt Stairs looking and got Lyle Overbay to ground to first with he covering to end the game.

Rivera is 1-1 on the season with 15 saves and his ERA now stands at 0.35.
Posted by: David
Chien-Ming Wang couldn't hold on and left with the Yankees leading 6-4. Another run would score to make it a 6-5 lead for the Yankees and then Edwar Ramirez surrendered his first run of the season by giving up a game tying home run to Michael Cuddyer.

The Yankees escaped some extra inning jams, especially when Mike Lamb just missed a game winning home run as the ball hit off the baggy for a two out triple. Ross Ohlendorf was able to strike out Carlos Gomez to end the inning. He also escaped a two on, no out jam in the 11th with a couple of strike outs and a fly ball to end the inning.

In the top of the 12th, Johnny Damon got a one out single to left and Derek Jeter followed with a single up the middle which sent Damon hustling to third. Abreu then scored Damon with a single up the middle to give the Yankees the lead at 7-6.

Enter Sandman! Rivera struck out Delmon Young for the first out. He then got Mike Lamb to ground out to second with Cano making a nice play on a soft hit ball. Nick Punto then lined the first pitch down the first base line which Betemit grabbed for the final out of the game.

For Rivera, it's his 15th save of the season and 458th of his career. His season ERA is now at 0.36.