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Posted by: David
Finally, for the Yankees and Yankee fans, Mariano Rivera entered the game in a save situation. Actually, this time he entered in the bottom of the eighth with the tying and go ahead runs on base.

With the Yankees ahead 6-5, Kyle Farnsworth allowed two runners on with two outs and Torre summoned Mo. He faced Lyle Overbay and got him to ground out to first on a broken bat bouncer to Mientkiewicz.

The Yankees were able to add four runs in the top of the ninth and Mo was able to cruise through the heart of the Blue Jays order to end the game and earn the save.

He got Vernon Wells to ground out to Jeter. Matt Stairs then grounded out to Cano and Frank Thomas flew deep to right to end the game.

Mo now has four saves on the season and his ERA was lowered to 5.50 on the season.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo pitched a 1-2-3 9th in a 3-1 loss against the Angels. Chone Figgins flied out to start the inning. Jose Molina popped out to second for the second out. Finally, Tommy Murphy struck out for the final out in the top of the 9th. With the outing, Mo's ERA drops to 5.94 - the first time that it's been below 6 since April 19.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless ninth as the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night in the Bronx. Mo faced Wily Mo Pena first and he grounded a double down the first base line.

Rivera then got tough. He struck out Dustin Pedroia and Julio Lugo looking and then got Coco Crisp swinging to end the game.

Mo is 1-3 on the season with 3 saves and 2 blown saves. His season ERA now stands at 6.32.
Posted by: Patrick
With a 6-1 lead, Mariano Rivera came in to pitch the 9th in the final game of a 3 game series against the Mets at Shea. After retiring Shawn Green and Paul Lo Duca, second baseman Damion Easley homered to center. Next, the Mets sent Julio Franco up as a pitch hitter and Mo struck him out to end the game.

It was not a save situation. The earned run brings Mo's ERA up to 6.75.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo closed out the second game of the double header, an 8-1 victory for the Yankees. Wang was awesome, pitching 7 innings, allowing just 6 hits and 1 ER. Kyle Farnsworth pitched a hitless 8th and then Mo came in to pitch the 9th.

To start, he got Joe Crede to foul out to right field. Ryan Sweeney singled to right center. Mo struck out Juan Uribe and then got A.J. Pierzynski to ground out to end it.

It wasn't a save situation, but it does bring Mo's ERA down to 6.59.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano was brought in to close a 7-2 victory against the Mariners on Saturday. There was some drama, but he managed to get out of it without allowing a run.

To start off, Mo walked Javy Lopez. This was followed by Ben Broussard who reached on the error. Lopez went to 3rd. 1st and 3rd, no out for Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro grounded in a fielder's choice with Javy Lopez being thrown out at the plate.

Jose Vidro grounded to Jeter to start a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

No save for Mo, but his ERA is now down to 7.11.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano pitched the 9th in last night's 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers. The offense was led by Derek Jeter who went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, 1 run and 1 SB as well as Johnny Damon, who was 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 1 SB. Moose started and lasted 6 innings, allowing just 2 ER. Bruney, Myers, Proctor and Farnsworth combined to pitch the 7th and 8th innings, setting up Mariano's appearance with a 4 run lead.

The first batter he faced was Sammy Soda who singled to right. The next batter, Hank Blalock, hit a ground ball, which allowed Soda to be forced out at second. Ian Kinsler was next up, striking out. Finally, Brad Wilkerson flied out to center to end it. It wasn't a save situation, but it pulls Mariano's ERA down to 7.71.
Posted by: Patrick
The New York Daily News has some quotes from Mariano on his struggles thus far:

"It's easy when everything goes fine," Rivera said. "You show your true character when you struggle like this. I don't know what people are thinking about me, but I know I feel the same way as I did last year and the year before. I feel real good, the velocity is there. It's nothing I have lost, it just happens. If you are a closer, you're going to blow saves and get saves. There's no in between.

"I feel I'm being tested right now, my character, my faith, how I conduct myself. It's different. But I love it. If God allows this test to be on me, hey, I'm willing to carry it. We are just starting; we'll see where we finish.

"I'm going to battle," Rivera continued. "I'm not going to sit down and start crying and wonder what happened. No, I'm not going to second-guess myself. I'm just going to do what I have to do. I believe I'll finish strong."
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera only made one bad pitch on Monday night and as a result the Yankees lost 3-2 in the finale of a four game series at home.

Rivera entered the game in the ninth with the score tied at 2. The Mariners were able to tie the game against Kyle Farnsworth when pinch runner Wille Bloomquist was called safe on an attempted steal when the replay clearly showed that he was out by at least a foot. A broken bat blooper to right scored Bloomquist with the tying run.

In the ninth Mo entered and he blew away Richie Sexson on three pitches for the first out. Jose Guillen then bounced one to Jeter for out number two. On the first pitch to Adrian Beltre, a Rivera fastball was too far over the plate and Beltre hammered it over the fence in left center to give the Mariners the lead at 3-2. Yuniesky Betancourt flew out to end the inning.

The Yankees got a man on in the ninth but couldn't bring him home and Rivera was tagged with the loss. He is 1-3 on the season with 3 saves and his ERA now stands at 8.44.
Posted by: Patrick
Regarding Mo's two save day yesterday, from The Olympian:

At Arlington, Texas, Mariano Rivera saved two games in one day for the fifth time in his major league career, and the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera got more saves in one day than he had for the entire rest of the season to date as he saved both ends of a doubleheader vs. the Rangers on Thursday.

In the nightcap he entered in the bottom of the ninth with a three run lead and created a little trouble for himself but pitched another scoreless inning. Brad Wilkerson led off and blooped a broken bat single over the head of Cano to start the inning. Kata then was able to single on a 3-2 pitch to left and the Rangers brought the potential tying run to the plate.

Mo then got tough and struck out Gerald Laird and got Kenny Lofton to hit into a game ending double play.

For Rivera, he now has three saves on the season and his ERA stands at 8.37.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera looked like his old self late Thursday afternoon as he saved the game for Andy Pettitte and the Yankees 4-3.

He entered in the bottom of the ninth and pitched a perfect inning. Gerald Laird led off and Mo blew him away swinging with a high fastball. Kenny Lofton pinch hit for Jerry Hairston, who had earlier tied the game on a home run. Lofton grounded to Jeter at second for the second out. The game ended when Michael Young grounded to Cano at second for the third and final out.

Rivera is 1-2 on the season with 2 saves and 2 blown saves and pitches to an ERA of 9.35.