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Posted by: David
It was a nerve wracker but Mariano Rivera held on to record his third consecutive save of the season to preserve a 4-3 win for the Yankees and Mike Mussina. He started the ninth by getting Shea Hillendbrand to pop up in the infield. Posada, Rivera and Tino Martinez converged between home and the mound and Martinez just dove and caught the ball before it fell between the three of them. Corey Koskie then flied to center for the second out. Vernon Wells grounded a ball just past the outstretched glove of Jeter for a single. Mo then fell behind 2-0 on Eric Hinske who then lined a single up he middle to chase Wells to third. Rivera fell behind Alex Rios 2-1 but got him to ground to second to end the game. Its his third save of the season and the 339th of his career. He is now only two behind Rollie Fingers for seventh on the all time career saves list. He lowered his season ERA to 3.18.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth, however it was just to get in work since the Yankees lost 6-2 to Tampa Bay. Randy Johnson pitched well but gave up two home runs to Eduardo Perez and was the victim of some seeing eye base hits and shoddy defense in the 8th. Rivera reduced his season ERA to 3.86.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera notched his second save of the season against the hated Red Sox in Beantown tonight. He retired pinch hitter Mark Bellhorn on a liner to second baseman Tony Womack then got Johnny Damon on a grounder to Womack. Trot Nixon then walked before Mo got Manny Ramirez to ground to second to end the game. Its his second save of the season and the 338th of his career. He is only three behind Rollie Fingers for seventh place on the all time career saves list. His E.R.A. is now lowered to 4.91.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera is back!! Mo pitched a scoreless ninth, surrendering only a leadoff double against Brian Roberts. He retired Mora on a grounder to third, Tejada on a fly to right and then excited the standing crowd by striking out Sammy Sosa swinging to end the game. Its his first save of the season and the 337th of his career. His ERA is lowered to 6.74. The Yankees were down 5-1 early and then 5-3 in the seventh but struck for five runs in the seventh capped off by a three run homer from Ruben Sierra to break the tie at 5 and end the scoring at 8-5.
Posted by: David
Where have you gone Mariano Rivera? This is the question the Yankees faithful must be asking. Today was much worse than yesterday. Mo surrendered five runs (only one earned) on three hits and three walks. With the Yankees leading 3-2 going to the ninth (same as day before) Rivera entered. He walked Bill Mueller on five pitches. Bellhorn and Damon followed with singles to load the bases. Trot Nixon struck out swinging for the first out. Manny Ramirez hit a soft roller to third which A-ROD bobbled twice allowing the tieing run to score. David Ortiz followed with a weak grounder to Mo, but he had to go to first allowing the go ahead run to score. Renteria followed with a two run single and then Mirabelli walked. This was the end for Mo. He was taken out and replaced by Felix Rodriguez. Rodriguez threw a wild pitch allowing the fifth run of the inning to score and then retired the next batter to end the bloodbath. Mo is 1-1 with a 10 plus ERA and two blown saves in two opportunities.