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Posted by: Patrick
During last night's game, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera combined for a Pettitte win and a Rivera save for the 58th time in their careers - a record, passing the mark of 57 previously held by Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley.

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch spoke to both players about the milestone.

"It means we are old," Rivera said. "We've been playing together for a long time, that's what it means. It's great. I think nobody deserves that more than Andy. He's been a big guy for us, and I'm glad that I just follow and try to do my job." ...

"It's awesome. He's awesome," Pettitte said. "What can you say? I feel honored to have been able to play with him for as long as I have. He's a tremendous person and a tremendous baseball player."

Check out the full article for more.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera recorded his tenth save of the 2009 season in the opener of the series vs. the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. The Yankees were leading 3-1 entering the bottom of the ninth.

Rivera faced Shin-Soo Choo to start the inning and he looped a single to left. Mo then struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore. He finished the game by getting Victor Martinez to ground to Teixeira unassisted.

For Mariano, it is his 10th save in 11 save opportunities for the season and the 492nd save of his career. His season ERA now stands at 2.62.

As a side note, the save tonight by Rivera for Andy Pettitte is the 58th time that Rivera has saved a Pettitte win surpassing the mark held by Dennis Eckersley for Bob Welch.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless tenth inning on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. The Yankees tied the score in the bottom of the ninth as Brad Lidge blew his second consecutive save.

Rivera got Shane Victorino on a grounder to short. Raul Ibanez singled to right center and then Ryan Howard grounded in front of the plate before Jason Werth was caught looking to end the inning. Mo's ERA now stands at 2.76.

The Yankees had a chance in the bottom of the inning when Jeter and Damon got singles to start the inning. Texeiera then grounded into a double play. A-Rod was walked and Pena then flew to center to end the inning.

The Phillies pushed a run across in the 11th after two were out. Utley walked and stole second. Carlos Ruiz doubled him home. The Yankees were retired in order in the bottom of the 11th to end the game.
Posted by: Patrick
Mark Hale of the New York Post writes about Mariano Rivera Jr., the 16 year old son of the Yankees closer and an outfield and reliever for Iona Prep's junior varsity team. Hale talked with both his coach, Rich Salerno, and Mariano Rivera (the older one) about his ability and the challenge of playing the game with a father who has accomplished so much in it.
Posted by: David
The Yankees won their ninth straight game, Mariano Rivera earned his ninth save of the season and he is now only nine saves from the magic 500 number for his career.

The Yankees jumped out to an early lead with Robbie Cano going deep and the Bombers just beating up on Adam Eaton. Baltimore fought back a little but could only get within three at 7-4.

Mo entered in the ninth and made quick work of the best Orioles hitters. Young phenom Adam Jones grounded to first with Mo covering for the first out. Nick Markakis popped up to second and then Aubrey Huff ended the game by striking out swinging.

Rivera is 0-1 on the season with nine saves in ten save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 2.89.
Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Tyler Kepner of the Times both report on the Yankees holding their first kangaroo court in 14 years.

Apparently, Xavier Nady has been collecting violations reported by Yankees players for the past two months and they finally pulled them out on Wednesday with players, coaches and staff on hand. Nady acted as the secretary and stenographer with the Honorable Mariano Rivera (how awesome is that?) presiding. Derek Jeter, A.J. Burnett and Johnny Damon served on the jury. Andy Pettitte turned down a spot on the panel, as he felt he wouldn't be funny enough.

Here are the violations that were highlighted in the articles:

Phil Coke was fined $30 for actions relating to the Joe Mauer home run he allowed on Friday. Apparently, Coke pointed to where the ball was going, implying that Brett Gardner would be able to reach it. But, the ball left the ballpark and Coke was making this gesture while he was also running to back up third base. A misjudgment that did not go unpunished. "You can get fined for pretty much anything," Coke says.

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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered the game in the eighth with the tying run at the plate and retired Melvin Mora on a force play grounder to short.

The Yankees rallied for six runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to Derek Jeter and some shoddy fielding from the O's. When the dust settled the Yankees had a 11-3 lead to start the ninth.

Rivera came back out and got Ty Wiggington on a grounder back to the box. Reimold took Mo deep to center on an 0-2 pitch to make the score 11-4. Mo then retired Chad Moehler on a liner to center and Robert Andino on a grounder back to the box to end the game. It's Rivera's 8th save of the season in nine save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 3.06.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees picked up their sixth win in a row on Monday and it was by a single run. Mo was unavailable, thanks to pitching three innings in the previous two games. Phil Coke filled in and was able to nail down the win. Usually, I wouldn't mention this, but I did want to pass along this conversation between Coke and Mo, shared by Sam Borden:

Coke said he was so amped up that he spent the time in between the eighth and ninth innings trying to trick himself into thinking he was just pitching some random middle inning instead of getting ready to close out the game. “I was trying to play mind-games with myself instead of thinking, ‘Where’s “Enter Sandman?”’ he said. Then, when the game was over, he went up to Mariano Rivera, who wasn’t available after working three innings the past two days, and told the closer, “Hey, you’re better at this than me.” Rivera laughed and told Coke he did a good job.
Posted by: David
The Yankee dramatics are keeping Mo from getting toward his 500th career save. After pitching two innings yesterday Mo was needed again today as the Yankees and Twins were tied at 2 after eight innings.

Rivera was facing the heart of the Minnesota order. He got to 0-2 on Mauer but then he singled to left to start the inning. Justin Morneau struck out looking and then Kubel and Cuddyer hit lazy fly balls for the last two out.

The Yankees had chances in the eighth and ninth innings to try and win the game but they couldn't get the job done. Matsui struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth after having a 3-0 count. In the ninth Brett Gardner was on second with one out after a sacrifice from Melky Cabrera. Francisco Cervelli hit a ball back up the middle which was backhanded by the Twins pitcher anf bounded back toward the catcher. Mauer fielded the ball as Gardner was running past third. He faked a throw to first and Gardner kept coming. Mauer made a great play as he turned around and dove at Gardner tagging him out before he could reach the plate.

Alfredo Aceves replaced Mo and pitched a perfect tenth. With one out in the bottom of the tenth Johnny Damon delivered a home run to the second deck in right for the third consecutive walk off win for the Yankees.

Rivera is 0-1 on the season with 7 saves in 8 save opportunities and his season ERA now stands at 2.76.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera pitched two strong innings but did not gain a save or a win as the Yankees couldn't deliver until the bottom of the 11th.

Mo entered in the ninth with the scored tied at four and was very effective. Joba started and left with a 3-2 lead but Phil Coke surrendered a home run to Morneau to tie the score and a run scoring double to Buscher to give the Twins the lead at 4-3.

In the ninth he faced Denard Span to start the inning and caught him looking. Brendan Harris grounded to second and then two time batting champion Joe Mauer also was caught window shopping to end the inning.

In the tenth former MVP Justin Morneau hit back to the box. Mo attempted to catch the ball but it hit off his glove and slowed it down so Jeter could not make a play. Jason Kubel got jammed and hit a blooper which fell between Jeter and Gardner in short center to put runners at first and second. Cuddyer popped to Cano at second for the first out and then Buscher flied to center with Gardner making a nice running catch for the second out. Jose Morales hit back to Mo to end the inning.

The Yankees couldn't score in the bottom of the tenth and Mo gave way to Aceves who pitched a strong eleventh inning for the win.

In the bottom of the eleventh Teixeira led off with a walk. He was four for four on the day and had all the RBI up to that point including the game tying two out single in the eighth. With Tex on first, A-Rod provided the drama with a walk off two run homer to left to win the game for the Yankees at 6-4.

Mo is still 0-1 on the season with 7 saves in 8 save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 2.93.
Posted by: Patrick
On Thursday night, CC Sabathia threw eight innings of five hit ball, allowing the Blue Jays to score just 2 runs. Behind by 1 in the seventh, Derek Jeter drove in a run to tie the game up and then Hideki Matsui followed in the eighth with a solo shot to put the Yankees ahead, 3-2.

Mo was called on to pitch the ninth and he dispatched of the Blue Jay's 6, 7 and 8 hitters in order, needing just 11 pitches. It was his seventh save of the season, knocking his ERA down to 3.38.
Posted by: David
This time Johnny Damon's heroics weren't wasted. Joba had a tough first inning again. He surrendered a three run home run to Aubrey Huff and had to look at him do the fist and forearm pumps to mock the young Yankee phenom.

However, Joba did not allow another run for the next five innings. Robinson Cano homered off of Jamie Walker and got the Yankees within a run. He was replaced by Johnson and he gave up infield hits to Francisco Cervelli and Derek Jeter. Damon then took him deep to give the Yankees the lead for good at 5-3.

Phil Coke worked scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th and gave way to Mo in the ninth. Greg Zaun fouled out to first for the first out of the inning. Mo then walked Felix Pie (Rivera's first walk of the season) but then struck out Robert Andino looking and got Brian Roberts to bounce back to the box to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his sixth save in seven save opportunities. Its his 488th of his career and his season ERA now stands at 3.65.
Posted by: Patrick
After last night's loss to the Rays, Joe Girardi told Peter Abraham that he 's been having issues tied to "arm strength."

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo has more from the manager.

"The velocity is not there," Girardi said. "That's part of it. I still think he's coming back from the surgery he went through. That's why we've been very careful with him. Mo's always going to take the ball -- that's Mariano Rivera. But he's had some days where he hasn't felt the greatest."

Let's hope it's just Mo working his strength back up, rather than an issue that will require time off.

In last night's loss, Mo allowed back to back home runs for the first time ever, according to the RiverAveBlues Twitter account.
Posted by: David
Call the 2009 Yankees the Heartbreak Kids. This year's team seems to have the ability to come back from deficits but then break the hearts of its loyal fans.

Last night it happened again. Andy Pettitte surrendered home runs to Josh Bartlett, Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena to give the Rays a 4-0 lead.

The Bombers fought back with the aid of Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui to tie the score at 4 but Pettitte gave up the lead again and Veras could not get the last out of an inning and the Rays added an insurance run to extend the lead to 6-4.

Johnny Damon rode the white horse again with a two run bomb to tie the score at 6 and the Sandman was summoned. However, this time it was more heartbreak.

Mo struck out Josh Bartlett swinging for the first out but then gave up back to back home runs for the first time in his career. Carl Crawford yanked a cutter just inside the foul pole in right and Longoria hit his second of the night when Mo made a mistake and left a pitch right down the middle. Rivera got Pena to ground out for the second out, but then was removed from the game for the first time since April of 2007.

The Yankees looked defeated against Brian Shouse in the ninth with two weak grounders and a strike out to end the game. It was their fifth loss in a row and they have fallen two games under .500 for the season.

Tonight A-Rod returns. Perhaps he could be our saviour!
Posted by: David
Mark Teixeira came through with a bases clearing double in the eighth to tie the score but the Yankees could not bring him home and Mo was summoned to come into a tie game.

He faced Dioner Navarro to start the inning and Navarro singled to left as Damon just missed a diving catch. Mo then struck out B.J. Upton and Carl Crawford looking and got Evan Longoria swinging to end the inning.

Mo was replaced by Phil Coke who surrendered a home run to Carlos Pena to put the Rays ahead 4-3. Johnny Damon doubled in the bottom of the inning with one out and also got to third on a wild pitch. However, this time Teixeira popped out to short right and Matsui flew out of left to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 5 saves in 6 save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 2.53.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera regained his solid form on Thursday night in the Bronx. He did give up a leadoff single but struck out two and retired the last batter on a weak grounder back to the mound.

Fans were beginning to think that Mo was losing something, but he has typically gone through early season woes only to regain his mastery.

The Yankees rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to break a tie score and give them the lead at 7-4 heading to the ninth. With yours truly in attendance, the Sandman entered and it was over in a heartbeat.

Torii Hunter led off with a solid single to center. Mo then caught Kendry Morales looking for the first out and blew away Mike Napoli for the second. Yankee killer Howie Kendrick was disposed of with a bouncer back to the mound to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 5 saves in 6 save opportunities. His ERA now stands at 2.79. Mo is now only 13 saves shy of the magic 500 for his career.