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Posted by: David
It looked like a laugher but Jonathan Albaladejo couldn't close the door. The Yankees were leading 8-1 entering the bottom of the ninth and Albaladejo was summoned to finish the game but he simply couldn't. He surrendered two runs and had two runners on and two outs when the call went out to Mo.

Mo faced Curtis Granderson and on the second pitch surrendered a three run home run to make the score 8 to 6. Placido Polanco then popped up to short right with Cano catching the final out.

Mo is 0-0 on the season with 4 saves in 5 save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 3.11.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees and the Red Sox faced off for the first time this season on Friday night and the Yankees held a 4-2 lead going into the eighth inning. Jonathan Albaladejo started the inning, having relieved Phil Coke in the inning prior.

For the first time this season, Joe Girardi opted to go to Mo in the eighth inning. He entered with two outs and a runner on first and, after allowing a single that put runners on first and second, he struck out Pedroia to end the inning.

The 9th didn't go as well, unfortunately. After David Ortiz struck out, Kevin Youkilis singled. J.D. Drew grounded out, moving Youkilis to second. But, then Jason Bay homered to tie the game. After a Mike Lowell single, Jason Varitek struck out to send the game into extra innings. That was the end of Mo's night.

Damaso Marte would allow a walk off home run to Kevin Youkilis in the 11th, to seal a Yankees loss.

Mariano's record remains at 0-0, though his ERA jumps up to 2.16.
Posted by: Patrick has a new "Countdown to 500 Saves" feature, in honor of Mariano Rivera's approach of the mark. This led us to launch our own little countdown in the next menu.

On what day do you think Mo will reach the 500 save plateau? Please let us know in the comments!
Posted by: David
With yours truly in attendance, Mo shut the door again and did his part to hold off the A's until his teammantes could muster up sum offense. Rivera entered in the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at 7.

He got Sweeney to pop up to third for the first out. Orlando Cabrera lined a single to left and then was erased on a force out from Jason Giambi. Matt Holliday then grounded to second to end the ninth.

Rivera is still 0-0 on the season with 4 saves in as many save opportunities. His ERA remains at 0.00.

Melky Cabrera was the hero with a 14th inning walk off two run homer (second of the day) off of former Yankee Dan Giese to win the game for the Bombers 9-7.
Posted by: Patrick
Peter Abraham shares an exchange between Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, after last night's record tying performance.

After closing the game, Mo came to give Andy the ball from the final out. But, Andy told Mo that he should keep it.

"You know what? You keep that one," Abraham quotes Pettitte as saying. "Hopefully if we’re able to break this thing one day, you let me have the one we break it with."
Posted by: Patrick
Mo's save in tonight's game gave the duo of Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera a piece of a record, according to's Bryan Hoch.

It was the 57th time that Mo has saved a game that Andy has won - this ties the record held by Dennis Eckersley and Bob Welch. Hopefully they can get number 58 soon.

Thanks etluva.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera gained his fourth save of the season and 486th of his career as the Yankees defeated the A's 5-3 on Tuesday night at the new Yankee stadium.

Rivera entered with a two run lead and faced Kurt Suzuki to start the inning. Suzuki battled and got his fourth hit of the game as he singled up the middle. Travis Buck pinch hit and grounded to second. Cano bobbled the ball briefly but then recovered and tagged the runner going to second for the first out of the inning. Ryan Sweeney then struck out swinging and Orlando Cabrera popped out on the first pitch trying to bunt to end the game.

Mo is 0-0 on the season with 4 saves in as many save opportunities. He has pitched six innings and surrendered five hits, no walks and no runs. His season ERA remains at 0.00.
Posted by: David
It looked like Mo would get a chance for another save but the left field sun in Yankee Stadium allowed the Yankees to score three more runs and erase the opportunity for the potential save for Mo. The Yankees were leading 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth when Cody Ransom hit a broken bat fly to left field. Shin-Soo-Choo raced after it but lost it in the sun and the ball fell in fair territory for a bases clearing double and a 7-3 lead for the Bombers.

Carl Pavano pitched for Cleveland and was very effective allowing only one run. A.J. Burnett was not sharp for the Yankees and walked seven batters in six and one third innings. Jonathan Abaladejo saved the day for the Yankees when he came in with the bases loaded and only one out and got two outs without another run scoring.

The Yankees closed to 3-2 on a double from Cano and a single from Matsui. Then in the seventh Posada pinch hit a controversial pinch hit home run. The ball was just over the wall in right and it appeared that a fan reached over. The ball came back into the field of play but was ruled a home run. The umpires went to the instant replay and the called remained.

In the ninth Rivera entered and got Crowe on a grounder to third. Kelly Shoppach singled to left but then Mo got Cabrera swinging and Grady Sizemore looking to end the game.

In four innings Mo has surrendered four hits, no walks and no runs. His ERA remains at 0.00.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was somewhat human on Friday afternoon in the Bronx, but ultimately he got the job done as the Yankees used five home runs and a throwing error to achieve a 6-5 comeback victory.

The Yankees were down 5-3 due to an ineffective outing from Joba Chamberlain. However, the bullpen was great with Phil Coke, Jonathan Abaladejo, Brian Bruney and Mo not giving up any runs.

Derek Jeter hit the go ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, his third of the season to put the Yankees ahead 6-5.

Rivera entered in the top of the ninth and faced Ben Francisco to start the inning. On a 1-2 pitch Rivera grooved one and Francisco hammered it up the alley in left center but Gardner raced it down for the first out. Tony Graffanino lined a single to right and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a single up the middle. Grady Sizemore then came up and Mo got him swinging for the second out. Mark DeRosa battled and it looked like the 2-2 pitch was over but the umpire called it a ball and the count was 3-2 with Victor Martinez on deck. However, Mo got the call as the 3-2 pitch appeared outside but DeRosa was rung up to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his third save of the season and 485th of his career. His ERA on the young season remains at 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
In a special to by Carter Gaddis, Mr. Rivera speaks about the "privilege" of wearing the number 42.

"It's a privilege," Rivera said. "As a minority wearing the number, it's a privilege to do that." ...

"It's a special day," Rivera said. "It's a special day because of what he did. Everybody should wear it, [all of] Major League Baseball."
Posted by: David
Derek Jeter provided the clutch offense and Mariano Rivera saved the day as usual as the Yankees came back from a 3-2 deficit with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to defeat the Rays 4-3.

Jeter scored the tying run in the eighth after he led off with a double and scored on a Damon double. In the ninth Cody Ransom doubled off of Troy Percival and scored the eventual winning run on a single from Jeter.

In the bottom of the ninth, Rivera got Pat Burrell to loop to short right field with Melky Cabrera making a nice running catch for the first out. Carlos Pena grounded to Teixeira on the first pitch for the second out. Willy Aybar also grounded to first unassisted to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his second save of the season in as many opportunities and his ERA remains at 0.00.

The Yankees open the new stadium tomorrow afternoon vs. the Cleveland Indians.
Posted by: Patrick's Barry M. Bloom writes about MLB's plans to honor Jackie Robinson on Wednesday, which will include every player in the game wearing Robinson's number 42. Mo is the last player to wear the number naturally, and he is quoted in the article:

"It's hard to imagine what he went through," Rivera said about Robinson. "He couldn't fight back, but he would take it back on the field and play hard. The field was his territory. He played his game and fought his battles so people like me could have a job in the big leagues."

Thanks to Jack for the tip.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera earned his first save of the season on Friday afternoon in Kansas City. Andy Pettitte pitched the first seven innings and surrendered only three hits and one run. Brian Bruney pitched a scoreless eighth and then turned over the reigns to Mo.

Mike Aviles led off and Mo caught him looking for the first out. David DeJesus grounded to Teixeira at first for the second out and the Royals last hope was Mark Teahen. Mo jammed Teahen and he grounded the ball slowly to second. Cano charged and bare handed the ball, but then threw wildly. The play was scored as a hit for Teahen. Alex Gordon then struck out swinging to end the game.

For the brief season Rivera is 0-0 with 1 save and his ERA remains at 0.00. Mariano now has 483 career saves and is only 17 short of the magical 500 mark for his career.
Posted by: David
It wasn't a save situation but Mariano Rivera's spring debut was Mo as usual. Rivera pitched the bottom of the ninth with the Yankees leading the Orioles 11-2. Since he hadn't worked since last Friday's exhibition game vs the Cubs, he needed work. Ty Wiggington lined to first, Luke Scott grounded to third and then Felix Pie struck out swinging to end the game.

His ERA for the season is of course 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
Peter Abraham offers this:

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, SS Derek Jeter, C Jorge Posada and RHP Mariano Rivera became the first trio of Yankees to play together in each of 15 straight seasons (1995-2009) with Monday’s season-opening loss at Baltimore.

Pretty cool.
Posted by: Patrick launched on April 4, 2004. Today, we turn five years old!

This is a big milestone. We've faced some challenges along the way, but we've overcome them and have continued to support Mariano Rivera and the Yankees, as the fans that we are.

I'd like to thank David, for all of his work and support, as well as everyone who has visited and supported this site. This includes Moises Young Diaz, Franklin Gomez, John Lewis-Moore, Sanghyun Choo, Adrian Padill, Lee LeFever, Dave and Aziz Nekoukar, Matt Schweber and Whitney Hoffman, just to name a few.

Thank you!
Posted by: Patrick
From Chad Jennings:

Mariano Rivera gave up a home run to Rich Thompson -- who went to high school just outside Scranton -- on his second pitch of the game. From there, Rivera was so effective that the first inning kept going after the third out. All told, Rivera retired five in a row in his "one inning" of work. I had him at 18 pitches, 14 strikes. Apparently the Yankees media relations staff had him at 21 pitches, which is a pretty huge difference for that small of a pitch count. Might have been a low point in my note-taking career.

Best moment that came from Rivera's five-out inning: You know how ball players will say "that's one" or "that's two" after the first or second out of an inning? Well after a groundout to shortstop to end the first inning, catcher Chris Stewart held up all five fingers to the infielders and said, "That's five."