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Posted by: David
Mike Mussina pitched seven strong innings and A-Rod contributed three hits and an RBI as the Yankees edged the A's 2-1 on Friday night in the Bronx.

Rivera was summoned in the eighth inning with two outs and two on. He replaced a visibly upset Kyle Farnsworth who left the mound and threw his mitt against the wall of the dugout as he left the field.

Rivera struck out Jack Cust to end the eight. In the ninth he retired Chavez on a grounder to first and struck out Ellis and Crosby. With two out, he hit Johnson with the first pitch. Mo was very impressive and gained his 10th save in 12 save opportunities for the season.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo pitched a 1-2-3 8th in the Yankees 4-0 loss to Baltimore on Wednesday. He got Ramon Hernandez to ground out, Aubrey Huff to fly out and Melvin Mora to ground out. Unfortunately, the Yankees were unable to come back in the 9th, so that is where the game would end. Mo's ERA is now down to 4.08.
Posted by: David
After Scott Proctor surrendered Barry Bonds' 749th career home run, Rivera was summoned with one out in the eighth and delivered. Mo only gave up a broken bat single in 1 2/3 innings to earn his 9th save of the season and 422nd of his career.

Rivera came on with a runner on first and faced Frandsen who he retired with a fly ball to right. Omar Vizquel then singled and Ryan Klesko pinch hit and grounded to short to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Dave Roberts flew out to left for the first out. Randy Winn bounced to third for the second and Ray Durham hit a hump back liner to short to end the game. Rivera's ERA now stands at 4.23.
Posted by: Patrick
From Peter Abraham:

"For a couple of weeks now, I have felt good about my mechanics," Vizcaino said. "Mo helped me a lot."

On his way out of the clubhouse, Rivera said all he did was offer friendship.

"He needed somebody to talk to," the closer said. "I said to him, 'We think you're good. You just need confidence.' I will help out anybody if they want."
Posted by: Patrick
With an 11-6 lead, Mo came in to pitch the 9th against the Mets. It didn't start well, as he allowed two consecutive singles to Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca, putting runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. He got his first out of the inning by getting Shawn Green to fly out.

Next up was Ramon Castro, who managed a single to left. Delgado was forced to stop at third, however. So, the bases were loaded with one out and Ruben Gotay due up. Mo K'ed Gotay for out number two. The 9th hitter, Carlos Gomez, was next. Mo got within a strike of ending it, but Gomez singled to drive in a run, with the bases remaining loaded.

Joses Reyes was next and he singled as well. One more run, bases still loaded. 11-8 Yankees. Carlos Beltran up, with the ability to win the game with one swing. But, he fouled out to the catcher to end it.

No decision for Mo. After finally getting his ERA under 4 for the first time since April 14, it's back up to 4.50.
Posted by: David
Last night Mariano Rivera earned his 8th save of the season and 421st of his illustrious career. He is only three saves shy of third place on the all-time career saves list. Third place belongs to John Franco, former Mets closer. Second place is owned by Lee Smith with 478 and first place is active closer Trevor Hoffman who just earned his 500th career save.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera gained his 8th save of the season as the Yankees won their seventh straight game and pulled their record to .500 on the season.

He pitched a perfect ninth by striking out Mark Reynolds, getting Carlos Quentin to ground to second and retiring Chris Snyder on a fly ball to center to end the game.

Rivera is 2-3 on the season with 8 saves in 10 save opportunities and his ERA now stands at 3.96.
Posted by: David
With the scored tied at four and being at home, Joe Torre called on Mo in the ninth to hold the Pirates and give the Yankees a chance to win the game in the bottom of the inning.

Doumit singled to right to start the inning and Mo walked another batter but struck out two in the inning to leave the runners stranded. The Yankees could not score in the bottom of the ninth and Rivera was kept in for the tenth.

In the bottom of the tenth, Freddy Sanchez singled, but Mo struck out the next batter and got Xavier Nady to ground into an inning ending double play.

In the bottom of the tenth the Yankees scored a run on a Derek Jeter infield single with the bases loaded to win the game 5-4. Rivera was credited with the win and in now 2-3 on the season. His ERA was lowered to 4.12.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano collected a 5 out save, closing out a 10-3 victory over the White Sox. Now, I know that sounds kind of funny. We won by 7 runs. Yet, we used Mo and he got a save, on top of it.

The Yankees offense didn't erupt until the 9th. Entering the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees held an 8-1 lead. Farnsworth entered to face Luis Terrero, who flied out to left. Jerry Owens followed that with a single - advancing to second on a throwing error by Farnsworth. Tadahito Iguchi hit a ground rule double that scored Owens, making the score 4-2 with the tying run coming to the plate in Jim Thome.

This is when Torre elected to go to Mo. He proceeded to get Thome to ground to first for the second out with Iguchi advancing to third. Two outs. Paul Konerko singled next, however, scoring Iguchi to cut the Yankees' lead down to 1. Andy González pinch ran for Konerko with A.J. Pierzynski next up. No more damage would be done, however, as Pierzynski struck out swinging.

As I mentioned before, the Yankees offense erupted in the top of the 9th, scoring 6 runs, including an Alex Rodriguez grand slam. Even so, Mo remained in to pitch the bottom of the 9th and made quick work, retiring the side in order. Josh Fields struck out, Rob Mackowiak grounded out to A-Rod and Juan Uribe grounded to Cairo at first to end it.

So, Mo collects his 7th save of the season, taking his ERA down to 4.50. Mo's ERA in May and June is 1.25.
Posted by: Patrick
From Cheapflights.com:

Fans of the New York Yankees will be particularly thrilled at the gift roster - one of the items to be auctioned is a gameday lunch with "The Sandman", legendary relief pitcher Mariano Rivera.

Go here for more. The package with Mo does not seem to be up for sale yet.
Posted by: David
It looked like Mo would not be needed, especially after A-Rod gave the Yankees another insurance run with his 21st homer of the season. A-Rod's blast put New York ahead 7-2 going to the bottom of the ninth.

Brian Bruney started the inning and was wild. Eventually the tying run was on on deck and Torre called on Mo. Rivera faced Jermaine Dye first and got him to fly to center for the first out. A run scored to make it 7-3. A.J. Pierzynski then grounded to second to end the game.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered in the bottom of the ninth after the Yankees regained the lead thanks to an A-Rod homer off of Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Rivera had to face the heart of the Red Sox order and got the job done. The first batter was Yankee killer David Ortiz. Ortiz battled and during the long at bat fouled off seven consecutive pitches. He almost tied the game on the last pitch with a shot to the wall in right that Abreu was able to get back on and haul in. If he had got a little lift on it, it probably would have been a tied game. Manny Ramirez was next and due to great pitch and location selection from Posada, Rivera was able to get Manny swinging. Mo then hit Youkilis with an inside pitch and the tying run was on. Mike Lowell then entered with a chance to either tie or win the game. No way!! Mo struck him out with hard stuff inside and the Yankees won the game 6-5.

Rivera now has five saves on the season and he lowered his ERA to 5.03.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees took a 9-3 lead into the bottom of the 9th against the Red Sox on Friday with Scott Proctor coming in to start the inning. Julio Lugo was the first batter and Proctor struck him out for the first out. The next batter was Kevin Youkilis. On a 2-2 pitch, Proctor threw up and in, hitting and knocking down Youkilis. This led to an ejection for Proctor. After Wang had hit Mike Lowell earlier in the game, the Red Sox had hit Josh Phelps, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Youkilis was the 5th batter to be hit.

Ron Villone was summoned to pitch next and to face David Ortiz. Ortiz singled, pushing Youkilis to third. And that is where Mariano entered the game. 1st and 3rd, 1 out with Manny Ramirez due up. Manny singled to left center, scoring Youkilis with Ortiz advancing to third. Next was Wily Mo Pena. Pena grounded into a fielder's choice where Ortiz scored and Manny went to second. 2 outs. 9-5, Yankees. That's where it would end as Mo got Eric Hinske to ground to second to end it. Neither of the runs scored when Mo was out there were earned, so the appearance pulls his ERA down to 5.30.