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Posted by: David
The Yankees left Tampa after Thursday's game and headed north. The first stop before returning to the Bronx was Washington, D.C for a game with the Nationals. Andy Pettitte pitched six solid innings and was followed by Chamberlain, Robertson and yes the Sandman.

With the Yankees leading 4-2, Mariano Rivera entered the game and made quick work of the Nationals. He struck out Chad Tracy looking. Adam LaRoche grounded weakly to first and Rhymes grounded to short to end the game.

Rivera was honored before the game as he was presented with a Nats jersey signed by all their players. Rafael Soriano who replaced Mo last year and signed with the Nationals made the presentation.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless fifth inning vs. the Twins on Thursday night in Tampa. The Yankees lost the game 6-1. It was the 4th official spring training appearance for Mo.
Posted by: David
The Yankees lost the game 7-0 to the Phillies but Mariano Rivera pitched another scoreless inning. He struck out one and walked one in his third appearance of the spring.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera pitched for the second time in Spring Training and made quick work of the Phillies. Chase Utley led off and grounded weakly to third and Youkilis threw him out af first. John Mayberry, Jr. hit the ball a little bit harder but it was right at Youk by the bag and then Dominic Brown was eaten up by a cutter and broke his bat as he grounded to first to end the inning.

The Yankees won the game 6-2. Andy Pettitte made his debut and Derek Jeter played in the field for the first time this spring as well.
Posted by: Patrick
Following today's press conference, Mariano Rivera made his spring debut against the Braves.

He faced 3 batters and he retired them all, including strikeouts of the last two. In all, 15 pitches with 8 strikes and a velocity reaching 91 mph. Watch below for a clip.

Posted by: Patrick

Mariano Rivera began Saturday's press conference with a joke, thanking general manager Brian Cashman for making an exception to his generally followed "no extensions" policy," saying that he had agreed to a 2 year extension that would make him a Yankee through 2015.

In front of media, teammates, front office and members of both the Steinbrenner and Rivera families, the game's greatest closer announced that 2013 would be his final season.

He confirmed that if he wouldn't have been injured last season, 2012 would have been it. He spoke about his appreciation for the fans and his desire to help Minor League players after his time as a player comes to an end.

He was asked by a reporter, what was the greatest thing that had happened to him on the field? His answered that it was the Lord blessing him with the opportunity to be a Yankee.

"Now is the time," he said. "I have given everything. The tank is almost empty. The little gas that I have left is everything for this year and, after that, I've emptied everything."
Posted by: Patrick will have live coverage of this morning's press conference, which is slated to begin at 10 AM ET. Furthermore,
Posted by: David
YES, care of the New York Post, is reporting that Mariano Rivera will announce on Saturday, March 9 (his spring training debut) that he will retire after the 2013 season. I guess we all knew this day would come sometime. Start making plans for the summer of 2019 when he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.