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Posted by: David
The Yankees fell behind 1-0 as Jake Arrieta was able to get out of jams in the first three innings. After a while though the walks and miscues cost the Orioles. J.J. Hardy let a potential double play grounder go right through his legs and the error led to the Yankees scoring all of their runs in the fourth inning. Brett Gardner highlighted the inning with a three run triple and then scored on a ground out.

Freddy Garcia went six innings and was relieved by Hector Noesi. Noesi was pulled with a 1-0 count on the batter and David Robertson continued his stellar season as he set the O's down in the seventh and eighth innings.

Rivera made quick work to end the game. He got recently acquired Chris Davis to foul out to Eric Chavez at third for the first out. Mark Reynolds popped out to short right and then Nolan Reimold pinch hit and popped up to third to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 27th of the season in 31 save opportunities. It is also the 586th of his career. He is now 14 shy of the magic 600 number, 15 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman and 16 shy of surpassing Hoffman for the all time career saves lead. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.79.
Posted by: Patrick
CC Sabathia had a perfect game going through six innings against the Mariners on Tuesday night. In the 7th, with one out, he allowed a single to Brendan Ryan. That would prove to be the only hit Seattle would have all evening.

After stranding Ryan in the 7th, Sabathia began the 8th with three consecutive walks, loading the bases. David Robertson entered and struck out Adam Kennedy. Chone Figgings followed, grounding into a fielder's choice with Franklin Gutierrez out at third. Robertson struck out Suzuki to end the inning, maintaining the Yankees lead, 3-1.

Mariano Rivera came in to start the 9th. Ryan struck out, Dustin Ackley lined out and Miguel Olivo struck out. 11 pitches from Rivera and the game was over. It's save number 26 for Mo, 585 for his career and his ERA drops to 1.83.

Sabathia struck out 14 hitters on the night and collected his Major League leading 15th win. He is third in all of baseball in strikeouts - second in the American League.

As a unit, the combined Yankee pitching stats for the evening were: 9 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 18 strikeouts and 0 home runs.
Posted by: Patrick
Christian Red of the Daily News, Matt Fortuna of and Chad Jennings of The Lohud Yankees Blog report on the Yankees' HOPE (Helping Others Persevere and Excel) Week event at the South Street Seaport in New York City.

Mariano Rivera was on hand, in addition to Phil Hughes, Curtis Granderson, Corey Wade, Steve Garrison and Joe Torre. The event was held in honor of Tuesday's Children, an organization dedicated to helping families affected by the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and others impacted by global terrorism. From Red:

While Rivera said that it would be important to reflect upon the anniversary [of 9/11] as the date draws closer, "We're here to move forward."

"When the time comes, we want to remember it, but with different feelings," added Rivera, who was with the Yankees when they played against Virginia Tech's baseball team in 2008, a year after the shootings. "We're trying to bring hope to those who lost their families."
Posted by: Patrick
The record for most seasons with 25 saves or more has been extended by the holder of the record. Mariano Rivera notched the mark for the 15th straight season, collecting a four out save against the A's on Sunday.

After two runs had scored in the eighth, Joe Girardi went with Rivera, who relieved David Robertson, with runners on second and third and a two run lead. Cliff Pennington grounded out to end the inning.

Eric Sogard grounded out to start the A's half of the ninth. But, then Mo allowed four straight singles to Jemile Weeks, Coco Crisp, Hideki Matsui and Josh Willingham - the last of which drove in an RBI. David DeJesus grounded into a double play to get the Yankees out of the jam.

Matsui had a great day, going 5 for 5 with 2 doubles, a run and an RBI. The former Yankee raised his batting average by 13 points, from .224 to .237.

For Rivera, it was career save number 584. With the earned run, his ERA rose 18 points, to 1.88.
Posted by: David
Freddy Garcia battled into the seventh and escaped jam after jam by either making the big pitch when he needed it or getting some defense support. Derek Jeter led off the game with a single and Curtis Granderson followed with his 26th home run of the season to give the Bombers an early 2-0 lead.

Garcia faced Evan Longoria with the tying runs on and Longoria hit a shot to deep center field which Granderson caught with a leap at the wall and then fell to the ground while holding on to the ball to end the inning. The frustration on Longoria's face was evident as he was reaching second only to see Granderson with the ball.

Boone Logan got a key strike out in the seventh and David Robertson pitched a strong eighth to set up Mo for what looked like would be his chance for another 25 save season. However, in the top of the ninth, Eduardo Nunez fought off a pitch and looped it to right center for a two run single to put the Yankees up 4-0 and remove the save situation for Rivera.

Rivera entered anyway and made quick work of the Rays. Fuld struck out looking for the first out. Sean Rodriguez hit the first pitch for a ground out to short and then Reid Brignac struck out swinging to end the game. Rivera lowered his 2011 season ERA to 1.70.

The series and road trip concludes tonight with CC Sabathia looking for his MLB leading 15th win vs. James Shields for Tampa.
Posted by: David
The Yankees were down 4-1 early to the Tampa Bay Rays but rallied and took the lead late at 5-4. David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth inning and set up Mo for the ninth.

Rivera made quick work needing only eight pitches to retire the side. Kotchman flied out to right, Upton struck out swinging and Rodriguez grounded out to end the game. For Rivera, the save was his 24th of the season in 28 save opportunities. It is also his 583 career save and puts him only 18 behind Trevor Hoffman to become the all-time career saves leader. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.75.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera made his first appearance of the second half of the season and it resulted in his 23rd save in 27 save opportunities. CC Sabathia went eight strong innings allowing only one run for the fifth consecutive start.

The Yankees were led by Brett Gardner's three for four including two doubles and a stolen base. Andruw Jones had an RBI and the Yankees won for the first time since the break after playing two lackluster games.

Rivera started the ninth facing Yunel Escobar and struck him out looking for the first out. Adam Lind then got the bat head out and lined a single to right. Edwin Encarnacion followed with a looping single to right center to put runners on first and second with one out and bring the potential tying run to the plate. Aaron Hill battled and fouled off four consecutive 1-2 pitches before chasing a high cutter for the second out. Travis Snider was the last hope and he grounded out to short to end the game.

For Rivera, he now has 582 career saves and is only 19 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman at 601 for the all-time career saves mark and 20 shy of surpassing him. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.80.
Posted by: David
It was Derek Jeter's day, but Mariano Rivera was called upon to save it for the Yankee captain, his team, the sellout crowd and the baseball world watching.

Derek Jeter did not disappoint. He went five for five and his 3,000th hit (second of the game) was a home run and tied the game at one. The Yankees went ahead 2-1 but then gave it up quickly as B.J. Upton went yard off of Burnett to put Tampa Bay back on top.

The Yankees went ahead 4-3 late but David Robertson could not hold it as he surrendered a lead off triple to Johnny Damon and an RBI single to Ben Zobrist to tie the game at 4.

No panic! Derek Jeter came up with the tying run on third and he delivered with a single up the middle to put the Yankees ahead 5-4 and leave it up to the Sandman.

Rivera struck out Sean Rodriguez looking. He then faced Kelly Shoppach who sent Curtis Granderson to the wall in center field for the second out. Ruggiano then grounded to third to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 22nd of the season in 26 save opportunities on the season. For his career, he now has 581 saves and is only 20 short of tying Trevor Hoffman and 21 shy of surpassing him. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.85.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera has been selected to play in his 12th all-star game. Unfortunately, due to the lingering shoulder soreness, he has decided to baseball's Midsummer Classic.

Rivera told The New York Times that, while he was happy to be selected, he was concerned that he wouldn't be able to give the game his best stuff.

“The reason why is because I want to make sure I’m 100 percent,” Rivera said in announcing that he will not play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Phoenix. “I won’t be able to give what the team will ask me.” ...

“It’s never an easy decision,” he said. “I am proud of it, but at the same time you have to be wise.”
Posted by: Patrick
Chad Jennings of The Lohud Yankees Blog reports that Mariano Rivera was unavailable last night due to right elbow soreness.

Rivera told the Post that he was not concerned and Girardi told Jennings the same thing.

"It's no big deal," Rivera said. "If you don't feel soreness while you are pitching, you must be a magician."
Posted by: David
The Sandman was almost perfect. He came in with only a one run lead and got the first two outs, but then walked Jason Bay on a full count. Duda looped a single chasing Bay to third and then Paulino grounded a single through the right side to score Bay and tie the game.

Rivera had converted 25 consecutive saves in interleague play before Sunday afternoon. It was the fourth blown save of the season for Rivera. He almost lost the game as Ramiro Pena let the third out scoot under his glove but Brett Gardner charged the ball and threw the runner out at home to send the game into extra innings.

Pena also had an error on a weak grounder which gave hero Jason Bay another chance and he lined a single to right center off of Luis Ayala to give the Mets the win at 3-2.