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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera notched his fourth save of the season as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Sunday afternoon to close out the homestand.

Rivera entered the game with two outs in the eighth and a runner on second. He got Greg Zaun on a two pitch pop up to first basemen Andy Phillips to end the inning.

In the ninth he retired the Jays on three ground balls. Eric Hinske pinch hit and Mo jammed him with a cutter that he grounded to second. Next was Russ Adams who also got jammed and squibbed a grounder to A-Rod for the second out. Rivera then retired Alexis Rios on a grounder to Jeter at short to end the game.

Rivera is 0-2 on the season with four saves and his ERA is 3.72.
Posted by: David
After being disappointed with his performance on Wednesday night, Mo wanted to redeem himself and pitch on Thursday against Tampa Bay. Joe Torre was somewhat hesitant and used Tanyon Sturtze to start the ninth with the Yankees leading 4-1.

Sturtze gave up a single to start the inning and Torre called for the Sandman. The first batter he faced was Damon Hollins who hit the ball well to deep center but Bubba Crosby chased it down for the first out. Next up was Joey Gathright who tonight Mo jammed and he bounced to second for a force out. Pinch hitter Greg Norton was jammed on the first pitch and bounced the ball to third which A-Rod handled for the final out of the inning.

Mo is 0-2 on the season with three saves and a 4.32 ERA. He now has 382 career saves.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera helped the Yankees close out the road trip on a positive note by ptiching a perfect ninth inning to preserve a 3-1 victory for Mike Mussina and the Yankees. He struck out Lyle Overbay to start the inning then got Shea Hillenbrand on a bouncer up the middle which Mo slowed down and Robinson Cano made a fine play for the second out. Greg Zaun battled but eventually flew out to Johnny Damon in center to end the game.

Rivera now has 381 career saves. He is 0-1 on the season with two saves and has pitched to an ERA of 4.15.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera made his first appearance of the season on Sunday afternoon pitching the ninth inning vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Yankees won the game 10-1 and it was a non-save situation for Mo. Since he has not been in a game since last Saturday he needed work.

He faced Tim Salmon first and after getting behind 3-1 he came back to get Salmon to pop up to first. He then faced Darin Erstad who was 5 for 11 lifetime vs. Rivera prior to this at bat. Erstad grounded a ball down the first base line which Andy Phillips was able to grab. His momentum sent him into foul territory. He threw to Rivera covering and the throw was high but Mo made a great catch and was able to step on the bag and avoid Erstad running down the line for the second out. Next up was Casey Kotchman who got a hit off Mo in his firt major league at bat. Kotchman squibbed a ball down the third base line which got past A-Rod for a hit. Jeff Mathis then flew to Bernie Williams in right field to end the game.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked another scoreless inning vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon. He surrendered a single to Johnny Estrada before striking out Eric Byrnes for the first out. He then got former Yankee Tony Clark to break his bat which resulted in a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Rivera made nine appearances for the Spring, pitching nine innings and only giving up two hits, one run, twelve strikeouts, a walk and one hit batter. His ERA for the Spring was 1.00.