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Posted by: Patrick's Bryan Hoch reports that the Harlem Globetrotters, the famous traveling basketball team known, has invited Mariano Rivera to become an honorary member. This is a practice that they started seven years ago, when they began inviting athletes from around the world to join them on the court.

"And in the fourth quarter, when the Globetrotters need to close out a game, who better than the best closer of all-time?," said Globtrotters CEO Kurt Schneider via press release. "Mariano Rivera has made a living by finishing off opponents. We always have a place on our roster for winning athletes with that kind of mindset. His charitable work through the Mariano Rivera Foundation also embodies the spirit of the Globetrotters giving back to the community."

Hoch described Rivera as "amused - and a bit perplexed" upon hearing that he had been drafted by the team.

"I just got the ball and tried to get it in that basket," Rivera told him. "I was just having fun. It wasn't a game that I was crazy about. I like to watch it; I do love to watch it, especially the playoffs. But that's all I know about basketball."
Posted by: David
The game was set up to be a battle of two Japanese pitchers. Yu Darvish for the Texas Rangers and Hiroki Kuroda for the New York Yankees. Darvish struggled early but got out of the first inning as the Yankees left the bases loaded.

Texas took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Mitch Moreland. Later center fielder Martin would hit two solo home runs off Kuroda. The Yankees kept it close as Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner also connected for solo home runs.

Jayson Nix would tie the score off of Darvish with a solo shot to left and the game was tied at 3.

Kuroda would get two outs in the seventh and retired the last eight batters he faced but he was removed in favor of Boone Logan who got the last out bu striking out Martin to end the seventh.

David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera entered for the ninth with the game still tied at 3-3.

Rivera got A.J. Pierzynski to ground to short for the first out. Lance Berkman had his bat shattered and grounded to second for the second out. Mitch Moreland was able to take a back door cutter to left and was replaced by a pinch runner. However, David Murphy hit the first pitch of his AB to first and Overbay handled it to end the game.

In the bottom of the ninth Chris Stewart walked. Brett Gardner did not bunt and grounded into a force play. He then tried to steal but was thrown out for the second out. Ichiro stepped to the plate and with two strikes on him turned on a fast ball and sent it over the wall for a walk win for the Yankees at 4-3.

Rivera was credited with the win and is now 1-1 on the season. He has 26 saves in 27 save opportunities and his ERA for the season now stands at 1.55.
Posted by: Patrick
Amidst speculation that Jim Leyland may want to start Mariano Rivera at the July 16th All-Star Game at Citi Field, the Yankees closer told ESPN New York that he would prefer that he participated as he normally would: as the closer.

"I've been told about it, but I don't like it," Rivera said earlier today. "And the reason why I say that is it's not what I do. What I do is close the games, I don't start the games. It's a privilege and honor, but I'm not contemplating it. I think the right thing is to do it the way it (normally) is. I don't want to start the game and give up 10 runs in the first inning. I'd rather pitch in the ninth than the first."

Via The Sports Xchange.
Posted by: David
CC Sabathia was pitching well but got into trouble in the middle of the game when he walked the leadoff hitter and then surrendered a double to Desmond Jennings. Suddenly the tying run were on base with no outs. Sabathia got tough and got a strike out and pop up and then intentionally walked Longoria to load the bases. He got to two strikes on rookie phenom Will Myers but then Myers took an outside fastball and just got it over the leaping glove of Brett Gardner for a grand slam to give the Rays a 5-3 lead.

An inning later the Yankees would rally against the Rays bullpen. The bases were loaded and David Adams worked a walk to force in a run and then Girardi pinch hit for Chris Stewart with struggling Vernon Wells. Wells hit a bases clearing three run double to right center to give the Yankees the lead at 7-5. There was some controversy on the play as a fan try to catch the ball and it fell out of his glove and back on to the field. The umpires made Wells return to second base but allowed Adams to score from first.

David Robertson pitched an impressive 8th and set up Rivera for the save.

Rivera struck out Evan Longoria and Will Myers grounded to first but the throw from Overbay to Mo was late and Myers reached. Escobar hit a weak grounder to short and Nix tried to take the play himself for a double play but threw wild into the stands at the Rays had a runner on second and two outs. Rivera remained calm and got James Loney to ground out to second to end the game.

For Rivera the save was his 26th save in 27 save opportunities. For his career he now has 634 saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.61.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth even though it was not a save situation as the Yankees scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to extend the lead to four runs.

He got Yunel Escobar to fly out to right for the first out. Joyce was retired on a grounder back to Mo and Desmond Jennings fouled to the catcher to end the game.

Rivera lowered his 2013 season ERA to 1.67.
Posted by: Patrick
Mike O. at Big League Stew reports that hat maker New Era will produce a line of caps in honor of Mariano Rivera's retirement. There will be three hats:

A standard Yankee cap with the patch on one side and a gold signature under the brim.

A cap with a gold NY logo, gold under the brim and the patch on one side.

The patch front and center on the cap with the Yankee logo on the side.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera earned his 25th save of the season as he retired the Dodgers in order. The Yankees won the game 6-4. Hiroki Kuroda got the win and the Dodgers committed four errors during the game.

Ichiro had a home run and Lyle Overbay had a two run double to start the scoring for the Bombers.

The save was the 633rd of Mo's career and 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.73.
Posted by: David
C.C. Sabathia was cruising with a 6-0 lead entering the ninth inning. However, the first two batters got on and David Robertson entered in relief. He let the first run score but was able to strike out Howie Kendrick for the first out of the inning. When the game got to a save situation Girardi summoned for Rivera even though the Yankees had a 5 run lead, since the bases were loaded the potential tying run was on deck, hence that equals a save situation.

Rivera got Aybar to ground to first unassisted for the second out and a run scored on the play and the other runners moved up to second and third. Callaspo looped a single to right and two runs scored to make it 6-4. Pinch hitter Hawpe blooped a single in front of Wells in left. Peter Bourjous singled and the game was within a run at 6-5. Mike Trout walked and the bases were loaded for Albert Pujols. Rivera stayed inside and got a called strike on the first pitch a foul strike on the second pitch and the third pitch was on the inside part of the plate but Pujols could not hold up and he was called out swinging to end the game.
and the Yankees won 6-5.

The Yankees scored five runs in the 3rd off of Jered Weaver including a home run from Travis Hafner who had been struggling mightily.

Rivera is 0-1 on the season with 24 saves in 25 save opportunities. Rivera now has 632 saves for his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.80
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees are in Anaheim for a set with the Angels. While in town, Mariano Rivera met with Angels officials, fans and employees to thank them for their contributions to the game of baseball. Yahoo!'s Tim Brown and Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times have the story.
Posted by: Patrick
The AP reports that before the start of Thursday's game, the Oakland A's honored Mariano Rivera and presented him with gifts. These included a personalized surfboard, a bottle of wine and a donation of $10,042 to the Mariano Rivera Foundation.
Posted by: Patrick

Continuing his farewell tour in Oakland, Mariano Rivera presented longtime A's mailroom employee Julie Vasconcellos with a pizza. Watch the clip above.

Via Mike Oz via Casey Pratt.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera is on the cover of the June 17 issue of New York Magazine. The story, written by Lisa Miller, is available online. It focuses on Rivera's religious beliefs and how they've impacted every part of his life.

Thanks to Frank for the tip.
Posted by: David
The Yankees were facing King Felix in Seattle and he was his usual self. He only surrendered 1 run in seven innings but left with a tie score. David Phelps matched him through six innings and the bullpen was great again although they had to pitch out of jams.

Brett Gardner had four hits on the day including an RBI single off of Hernandez to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. The Mariners would tie the score a bit later and then both pitchers hung tough.

Boone Logan pitched the seventh and was overpowering.

David Robertson came in for the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Alex Liddi. Liddi was sacrificed to third and the potential go ahead run was on. However, Robertson got tough and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth Ichiro was able to work a leadoff walk and he was sacrificed to second by Jayson Nix. With two outs Chris Stewart delivered a single through the left side and Ichiro to give the Yankees the lead at 2-1.

Rivera entered and he struggled a bit. As he did yesterday, Seager led off with a single. Kendry Morales then hit a sharp grounder to the bag at first and Texeira was able to touch the bag and throw to second for a double play. Raul Ibanez walked like he did the day before. Pinch hitter Endy Chavez singled to left and the tying run was on second and the winning run was on first. Mo got tough and retired Michael Saunders on a fly ball to left to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 23rd of the season in 24 save opportunities. He now has 631 career saves. His 2013 season ERA was lowered to 1.48.
Posted by: David
Andy Pettitte was masterful through 7 1/3 innings and left with a 3-1 lead. The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a double from Mark Teixeira and an RBI single from Robinson Cano. The Mariners bounced back when Jayson Nix bobbled a potential double play ball and it allowed Michael Morse's fly ball to center to become a sacrifice fly and tie the score at 1.

The Yankees would bounce right back as Jayson Nix got an RBI single to right to give the Yankees the lead at 3-1. Later in the game Nix gave the Yankees an insurance run with another RBI single up the middle.

David Robertson relieved Pettitte and struggled a bit with his control but got out of the inning and the Yankees maintained a two run lead.

Rivera entered in the ninth and Segear was able to bloop his first pitch to right for a leadoff single. Alex Liddi struck out looking on as Mo painted the inside corner. Michael Morse struck out swinging for the second out. Power hitter and Yankee playoff hero from last year Raul Ibanez was the last hope for Seattle and Mo was careful with him and ended up walking him on four pitches. Mo then got very tough and struck out Nick Franklin on three pitches to end the game.

Rivera is 0-1 on the season and has now saved 22 out of 23 save opportunities on the season. For his career he now has 630 saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.54.

Shortly after the game ended Meredith Marakavitz reported that the Yankees had drafted Andy Pettitte's son Josh in the 37th round.
Posted by: David
David Phelps did not allow any runs through six innings although he did labor at times. The Yankees took an early 1-0 lead and then Mark Teixeira connected for the second consecutive night, this time a three run shot to left. Teixeira's second home run of the season gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

Joba Chamberlain relieved Phelps and put two runners on and then surrendered a three run shot to light hitting Drew Stubbs to pull the Indians to within a run at 4-3.

David Robertson came in for the eighth and was not sharp. He walked the leadoff hitter and then Brantley singled to left to put runners on first and second with none out. Nick Swisher lined to second and the Yankees were able to double the runner off of second. Robertson retired the next batter and the inning was over.

The Yankees did not score in the bottom of the eighth and it was "Enter Sandman".

Rivera fell behind 2-0 to Mark Reynolds and then struck him out swinging. Former Yankee Jason Giambi was up next and Mo went up the ladder with him and struck him out swinging as well. Mike Aviles was the last hope and the first pitch look like it hit off the glove of Chris Stewart, but the umpire called a foul ball for strike one. The next pitch was a ball and then Rivera induced a fly ball to right to end the game. Aviles argued as he ran off the field and was thrown out of a game that was over.

For Rivera he is 0-1 on the season with 21 saves in 22 save opportunities. The save was the 629th of his career and the 38th consecutive at home. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.61.
Posted by: David
The Yankees fell behind 1-0 to Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians but then got to him in the third inning. The big hit was a grand slam home run from Mark Teixeira which gave the Yankees a lead at 4-1. Andy Pettitte was not able to hold the lead as he was making his first start in 18 days after being on the DL. Pettitte gave back the lead as the Indians tied the score on a sacrifice fly and a two run double from Carlos Santana.

Pettitte left after 4.2 innings and was relieved by Shawn Kelley. Kelley got out of the fifth and also stayed on for the sixth. Brett Gardner got a huge hit off of Masterson as he lined a single up the middle with runners on second and third. Masterson made a huge fielding blunder as he cut off the throw to the plate which allowed Austin Romine to score and give the Yankees a 2 run lead at 6-4.

Travis Hafner gave the Yankees an insurance run as he ended a 1 for 23 slump with a home run to right.

Joba Chamberlain pitched the seventh, David Robertson pitched the eighth and the game was set up for Rivera to save it in the ninth.

Rivera gave up a leadoff single to Michael Bourn. Aviles grounded to third and Bourn was faced at second and Cano almost completed the double play but Aviles was safe at first. Kipnis was struck out and Nick Swisher flew out to left to end the game.

Rivera is 0-1 on the season and this save was his 20th in 21 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.69. Rivera has also converted 37th consecutive save opportunities at home going back to the 2011 season and the save tonight was his 18th consecutive vs. Cleveland.