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Posted by: David
Robinson Cano hit a three run home run in the first inning and that was all the scoring the Yankees had for the game. Mark Buehrle settled down after that through seven but Bartolo Colon was dominant.

After a quick first inning, Colon worked out of a bases loaded with none out jam in the second without surrendering a run. He was able to get the strike out when he needed it and two shallow fly balls to end the inning.

Bartolo pitched eight innings in winning his second game of the season with one loss. After two consecutive blown saves, Rivera rebounded with a perfect but not exactly masterful ninth.

Adam Dunn struck out looking on six pitches to start the inning. Alex Rios battled for seven more but then flied out to short left for the second out. A.J. Pierzynski really battled for ten pitches by fouling off four consecutive 3-2 pitches before grounding out to first unassisted to end the game. Mark Teixeira left the game after the eighth and was replaced by Eric Chavez for the ninth.

For Rivera, the save is his 8th on the season in 10 save opportunities. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 2.31. For his career, he has 567 saves which puts him only 34 short of tying Trevor Hoffman for the all-time career saves list.

Phil Hughes was examined further and still the doctors have reached no conclusion about what is wrong with him. He spent about 10 hours at Columbia Presbyterian under the direction of Dr. Ahmad and now will head to see doctors in St. Louis.

The series with the Chisox concludes tomorrow evening.
Posted by: Patrick
Michael Hill of the Mercury News has a review of "Bullpen Diaries: Mariano Rivera, Bronx Dreams, Pinstripe Legends, and the Future of the New York Yankees," a new book that talks about the 2010 Yankees bullpen, including Mo.
Posted by: David
After starting the season with near perfection, Mariano Rivera has hit the early season wall which has been, on some level, part of his illustrious career.

Rivera converted his first seven save opportunities and also picked up a win without allowing a run. However, on the first game of the road trip last Tuesday night in Toronto, he blew his first save. He surrendered four hits and two runs in a game the Yankees eventually lost 6-5.

On an Easter Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, the slide continued. Freddy Garcia cruised through the first six innings without surrendering a run and it looked like a cake walk for the Bombers.

However, the O's were able to rally against Joba Chamberlain as slugger Mark Reynolds broke a 0 for 21 slump with an opposite field two run home run to bring the Orioles to within a run at 3-2. To make matters worse, it appears that Rafael Soriano has been shut down and was replaced by David Robertson. Robertson was getting though the eighth but could not complete it.

With the potential tying and go ahead runs on base, Girardi decided to go to Mo before the ninth and the first pitch he threw should have been an omen for the rest of the day. His command of the famous cutter was off and Luke Scott lined the ball to deep left. But, Brett Gardner saved Mo and the Yankees as he raced back and extended his glove to make an inning ending catch.

The Yankees were not able to extend the lead and Rivera was facing the O's without any margin for error. In many of his career blown saves, Mariano usually walks or hits a batter and this is what happened. Adam Jones battled and eventually walked on the tenth pitch. Rivera battled back and was able to strike out Mark Reynolds and Matt Wieters but a pinch hit single brought Brian Roberts to the plate.

Mo fell behind 3-0 and Roberts lined a 3-1 pitch down the first base line which eluded the dive of Teixeira and it looked like the game was over. Jones scored easily and pinch runner Robert Andino was racing toward home plate but the Yankees handled it perfectly and the relay from Swisher to Cano to Martin beat Andino. The game was tied, with only a blown save for Rivera and not a loss.

In the tenth, the Yankees had a chance to win when Jeter was able to get to third with only one out. A-Rod hit the first pitch to deep left center which Adam Jones caught and threw a strike all the way home on the fly. Matt Wieters caught it as he was blocking the plate with his 6'5" frame and Jeter's foot never reached the plate as the replay clearly showed.

Then as has been normal for the early season, the rains came and the game was delayed for a while. Actually I turned the Knicks game on and it looked like they might avoid a sweep but could not really get the big stop or hit the big shot when they needed it, but that is a different story to be told by another blogger.

When the game resumed, the Yankees were able to score three runs in the top of the 11th with the aid of a double from Curtis Granderson and some shoddy fielding by the O's and the combination of Boone Logan and Buddy Carlisle were able to shut down Baltimore to give the Yankees a 6-3 win.

For Rivera, he is 1-0 on the season with 7 saves in 9 save opportunities and his 2011 season ERA now stands at 2.53. For his career, he has 566 saves which puts him 35 behind Trevor Hoffman for the all-time career saves list.

The days off and rain have been somewhat fortunate for the Yankees as it has allowed them to skip over the pitchers in the rotation who have not been performing with Ivan Nova being skipped over now. The Yankees head home for a seven game home stand beginning tonight against the Chisox with A.J. Burnett on the hill for the Bombers.
Posted by: Patrick
Matt Eisenberg of The Quinnipiac Chronicle reports that Mariano Rivera Jr. will attend Quinnipiac University this fall and plans to try out for the school's baseball team.

I see that my father and I are two different people, Rivera said. He is a pro and Im his son, but that doesnt mean that Im going to be just as good as him. Im working on being the best that I can be, so well see how far that takes me. ...

My dad just wants me to do the best I can and be the best I can be, Rivera said. He knows I can be good, but he just wants to push me to do better. If I dont make it then he wont be disappointed, thats what hes saying. I have high expectations for myself. I know that by working hard and doing the best I can, Ill be good.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera's first blown save of the season came on Tuesday night, leading to a Yankee loss to the Blue Jays, 6-5.

A.J. Burnett made the start and pitched 5.1 innings while allowing 3 runs, 2 earned. The bullpen, consisting of David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain and Rafael Soriano, was able to hold a 5-3 lead down, allowing Rivera to start the ninth with a two run lead.

He would face the top of the Blue Jays' order. Yunel Escobar led off with a double and proceeded to third when Travis Snider grounded out. Rivera would then walk Jose Bautista with ball four being a wild pitch that allows Escobar to score.

Still, the Yankees had a one run lead and just a runner on first. Adam Lind singled, putting runners at the corners. John McDonald was next up and he laid a well placed bunt down the first base line, tying the game.

After a single by former Yankee Jose Molina, Mo would get Corey Patterson to ground into a 5-3 double play.

The game wouldn't last long in extra innings, however. Ivan Nova entered to start the 10th and after a single and a couple of fly outs, Snider doubled bringing around the game winning run.

Nova collects the loss, his second of the season. It's Rivera's first blown save and his ERA moves up to 0.96. The Yankees play the Blue Jays again today at 7:07 PM ET.
Posted by: David
In an early season rematch of last year's ALCS, the Yankees won the series two games to one with a 6-5 win on Sunday night in the Bronx.

CC Sabathia was only so-so and grinded through the whole game. He gave up a first inning two run home run to Adrian Beltre. He would have trouble with Beltre the whole night, as well as Michael Young in front of him. Beltre had four RBI.

Texas had an early 2-0 lead and then Beltre would add the third run on an RBI double. The Yankees struck back with a solo shot from Robinson Cano and a two run home run from Russell Martin.

However, Beltre came through again with his fourth RBI of the game to put the Rangers ahead at 4-3. Curtis Granderson looked like the hero when he hit the third Yankee home run off of Oquendo to put the Bombers on top for the first time at 5-4.

Sabathia would get the first out of the seventh but Joba Chamberlain would walk the first batter and get the second out before surrendering a tying double to make the score 5-5.

Rafael Soriano would work a scoreless eighth. Eric Chavez, who was playing in place of A-Rod (sore oblique and back), lined a single up the middle to put the Yankees ahead at 6-5. They left the bases loaded and it was up to the Sandman again.

Rivera got Mitch Moreland to pop out to second on a classic cutter which jammed Moreland. Ian Kinsler would battle to 3-2 but was caught looking as the cutter which Mo started inside, veered over the inside corner for strike three. Elvis Andrus was the last hope and he also got to 3-2 and then hit a weak ground ball to Chavez at third. Chavez had trouble getting the ball out of his glove and just nipped Andrus at first to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 7th of the season in 7 opportunities and the 566th of his career. His 2011 season ERA remains at 0.00. He is 35 saves short of tying Trevor Hoffman and 36 short of surpassing him to be the all-time career saves leader.
Posted by: David
Freddy Garcia was masterful on a cold and very windy day at Yankee Stadium. The righthander pitched six shutout innings and the bullpen held on as the Yankees beat the Rangers 5-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The Yankees went out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to Mark Teixeira. He bombed a two run home run and a sacrifice fly and Garcia made it hold up through six innings. Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless seventh. Rafael Soriano, however, made it very interesting. He had already surrendered two runs to make it a 3-2 game when he was able to induce an double play to get out of the inning.

Robinson Cano went deep off the foul pole in the bottom of the eighth for a two run shot and to extend the lead for the Bombers back to three runs at 5-2.

The Sandman entered and got Nelson Cruz swinging on three pitches. David Murphy blooped out to short left but then Torrealba doubled over the head of Swisher in right. Moreland then popped out to Jeter at short to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 6th on the season in as many save opportunities. His 2011 record is 1-0 and he is pitching to a perfect 0.00 ERA. For his career, he now has 565 saves and is only 36 away from tying Trevor Hoffman and 37 away from surpassing him on the all time career saves list.
Posted by: Patrick
On Friday, the Yankees held pregame festivities in honor of Jackie Robinson, celebrating the day that the former Dodger broke baseball's color barrier. On hand were Robinson's wife, Rachel Robinson, and daughter, Sharon.

Mariano Rivera, the last Major League player allowed to wear the number 42, participated in the festivities and talked about what it means to wear the number.

MSNBC has a photo of Rivera greeting Mrs. Robinson and has video and thoughts from Mo.

"It's a privilege," Rivera told, "an honor to wear No. 42. Especially because of what Jackie represents for us."
Posted by: Patrick
Ned P. Rauch of The Journal News reports that Steiner Sports is offering four Mariano Rivera autographed items for auction, with the proceeds going towards the college tuition of Jasalle Ruiz, a student from the Bronx who wants to be a doctor.

Ruiz's fourth grade teacher, Tony Apuzzi, pledged to pay her tuition and, in collecting the funds to do so, sold some of his own memorabilia collection to Steiner. Following that, in December, Mariano Rivera went to Apuzzi's home and gave him and Ruiz a $6,000 check from his foundation. Now, Steiner is hosting an auction on their website where they hope to raise another $1,000.

The auction runs through Thursday. They are well on the way to their goal - at press time, the four items have reached a total amount of $493.43.
Posted by: Patrick
According to a press release, Mariano Rivera will be joined by current Yankee Brett Gardner and former Yankees Goose Gossage, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Richardson and Paul Blair, as well as other famous New York athletes, to help raise money for Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls on May 9 in New Rochelle, NY.

For full details, read the full press release below.

Charity-minded New York stars of past and present, including the likes of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Baseball Hall of Fame Yanks Goose Gossage, Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson, and Hockey Hall of Fame Rangers Brian Leetch and Mike Richter are all scheduled help raise funds for the Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls at a benefit at The Clubhouse Grill (formerly Mo's Steak House) on Monday night, May 9, at 7 p.m. in New Rochelle.

Steiner Sports founder Brandon Steiner has recruited many standout players to assist the cause. In addition to the stars above, Steiner has many other New York sports greats expected in the lineup. Yankee left fielder Brett Gardner, former New York Knicks Allan Houston, John Starks, and Anthony Mason, ex-Rangers winger Adam Graves, former Mets and Yankees Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, and legendary Yankees Bobby Richardson and Paul Blair also plan to attend.

Tickets for the cause cost $500 and include dinner, open bar, and a special auction with unusual items. All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to the Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls. If you wish to donate, you can send a check to the address below or you can call 914-307-1030 and give a credit card. The check should be made out to Family Services of Westchester.

Steiner Sports Memorabilia, Inc.
Attn: Brandon Steiner
145 Huguenot Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801

About Family Services of Westchester
Family Services of Westchester's Youth Residences give a chance in life to teens who might otherwise not have a chance. Boys and girls come to us deeply troubled, having suffered hurtful neglect and abuse or serious conflict with their parents. Many have been abandoned and have never experienced what most of us take for granted: a stable and secure home. They are often ready to turn their backs on a world that has rejected them. They leave our care, almost always knowing that the world can be harsh, but there are people on whom they can depend. They learn ways to cope, to tap into their strengths, to rise above, and to find hope and joy in becoming creative, contributing members of society.

The Girls Residence on Davis Avenue houses 8 young women. This youth residence provides support for teens in crisis and gives the youth - ages 13 to 21 -- a safe and nurturing environment in which to live while they are completing their schooling. Here, with the support of house parents, tutoring and a full range of supportive services, these youth are able benefit from what other children have in their natural homes: a caring environment that enables them to learn and grow; a safe haven that provides guidelines for interaction with their peers, their teachers, their employers and community at large.

About Steiner Sports
Established in 1987 by founder and CEO Brandon Steiner, Steiner Sports has been a leader in sports memorabilia and sports marketing for over two decades. Originally focused on procuring athletes for endorsements and speaking engagements, the company has evolved into the world's foremost provider of authenticated, hand-signed and game-used sports collectibles. Steiner Sports enjoys working relationships with many of the top athletes in sports today, and holds partnerships with Madison Square Garden, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Dallas Cowboys and Syracuse, Notre Dame and Alabama Universities on the collegiate level. Steiner Sports is located in New Rochelle, NY.
Posted by: David
Phil Hughes was a little better than his first two starts, but is still not anywhere near where he needs to be. He gave up 5 runs in 4.1 innings including a two run home run to Nick Markakis. However, the Yankee bullpen and the bats rescued him and the Bombers eventually won in ten innings, 6-5.

A-Rod was the star of the game scoring the first run after a double which was the first of his three hits on the evening. He scored on a RBI double from Robinson Cano. A-Rod would later produce a sacrifice fly to pull the Yankees to within 5-3 as they slowly crawled back against Arieta and the Baltimore bullpen. They were down one run going to the bottom of the ninth when Jorge Posada took the first pitch off of Kevin Gregg and deposited into the Yankee bullpen in right center to tie the score at five. Curtis Granderson followed with a double but would be left stranded.

Mo entered in the top of the tenth and was greeted with a hard single from Nick Markakis. Markakis barely got comfortable when Derrek Lee hit the first pitch to Jeter who turned a tailor made 6-4-3 double play. Vladimir Guerrero would then ground to Cano to end the inning and set up the Yankees for the eventual walk off win.

Mark Teixeira led off with a walk against Gonzales and A-Rod followed with a lined double to the left field corner to put runners at second and third with no outs. Robinson Cano followed with a live drive to short with the infield playing in for the first out. Nick Swisher became the hero with a fly ball to right that became a sacrifice fly scoring Teixeira ahead of the throw from Markakis.

Rivera was credited with the win and his record is 1-0 on the young season with 5 saves in 5 save opportunities and his 2011 season ERA still remains at 0.00. The Yankee bullpen with Colon, Chamberlain and Rivera did not allow a run.

The Yankees now face the Texas Rangers, the 2010 American League champions, for a weekend series in the Bronx.
Posted by: David
A.J. Burnett was cruising into the seventh and then the wheels fell off as he gave up two run home runs to Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts. The dingers pulled the O's to within three runs at 7-4.

The Yankees jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a three run home run from A-Rod. Cano would add a two run double and Jorge Posada hit a solo shot to end the scoring for the Bombers.

David Robertson finished the seventh and Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless eighth before Mo came in for the ninth.

Mo got Matt Wieters to fly out to center for the first out. Robert Andino would battle by fouling off four consecutive 0-2 pitches before Andino lined out to right. Brian Roberts then struck out swinging to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 5th of the season and 564 of his career. He is 37 away from tying Trevor Hoffman and 38 away from surpassing him on the all time career saves list. His 2011 season ERA still remains at 0.00.

With the win the Yankees tie the Orioles for first place in the AL East.
Posted by: Patrick
The Times-Herald Record has a story about Joe Nathan and Mariano Rivera. Specifically, Rivera heaped a heavy dose of praise onto Nathan, reflecting on the Twins closer's return after an injury last season. In response, Nathan had some kind words of his own for Mo.

"To hear that from Mariano, that's the ultimate," he said. "I think everyone should look up to Mariano. Not just relievers, players in general. He doesn't show anyone up, he treats his teammates with respect, he treats his opponents with respect. For him to say those words about me let's me know I've done a decent job in following him."
Posted by: Patrick
New Rochelle, NY-focused blog Talk of the Sound reports on an offer by Mariano Rivera, to the city, to buy a distressed piece of property with a crumbling church, for $1. He would then rebuild the church and also a community center, as part of an effort to improve the community.

According to the article, the offer is being considered, along with other offers. The potential deal is being criticized as some believe that it may not be getting the best value for the property.
Posted by: Patrick
Talk of the Sound, a blog focusing on New Rochelle, NY news and information, reports that Mo's New York Grill may remain closed through the end of April. It was expected to reopen on March 31, following renovations, but did not.
Posted by: Patrick
Trulia mentioned that Mariano Rivera's Tampa, Florida home is up for sale and has been on the market for over a year. The blog has some photos of the property, which is up for sale for just under $9 million. Jorge Posada is also trying to sell his house in the same city and details are also included on that home, as well.
Posted by: David
The Yankees started the season using the long ball with home runs from Tex, A-Rod, Jorge and newcomer Russell Martin. Today was different as the Bombers used small ball, good starting pitching and a very good bullpen to beat the Twins in the finale of the series.

The Yankees scored early on a sac fly from Nick Swisher but the Twins came back with a three double inning to take the lead at 2-1. Andruw Jones had a huge RBI doulbe, Russell Martin had a key RBI grounder and Brett Gardner looped a RBI single.

A.J. Burnett pitched six solid innings and got out of jams with limiting the damage. Joba gave up a run when he hit a batter and he moved up on a stolen base and throwing error. Rafael Soriano returned to his all-star form with a scoreless eighth and "The Sandman" was great as usual.

With no room for error Rivera entered and got Jason Kubel to fly out to center. Danny Valencia flied out to right and Delmon Young pinch hitting for Alexi Casilla grounded out to short on the first pitch to end the game.

The Yankees are now 4-2 on the season. Mariano Rivera has saved all four Yankee wins. Rivera now has 563 career saves and is 38 saves short from tying Trevor Hoffman and 39 short of surpassing on the all-time career saves list. Derek Jeter picked up a couple of hits and is now 69 short of the magic 3,000 number.

The Yankees head to Boston to take on the Red Sox in a weekend series starting tomorrow afternoon in the home opener for Boston. Phil Hughes is on the hill vs. John Lackey for the Red Sox. Both pitchers look to rebound off of lousy first starts.
Posted by: David
It looked like Mo would have a night off but Rafael Soriano came into the game in the eighth with a 4-0 lead after CC Sabathia cruised through seven innings.

Soriano just did not have command and eventually walked Joe Mauer with the bases loaded to force in the first run and make it a 4-1 game. David Robertson replaced Soriano and got Delmon Young to pop up but the ball was perfectly placed between a back pedaling Cano and hard charging Nick Swisher. Swisher tried for the circus catch and it really cost the Bombers as the ball skipped past him and all three runs scored to tie the game.

The Yankees could not score in the bottom of the eighth and Mariano Rivera came into a tie game which is par for the course since the closer usually enters a tie game at home after the eighth inning as the game will never be in a save situation.

His nemesis Jason Kubel was the first batter and again Kubel looped a single to right center to start the inning. Danny Valencia struck out swinging and former MVP Justin Morneau bounced back to Mo in front of the plate and he was able to force Kubel at second. With Morneau at first, Mo struck out Tolbert to end the inning. The Yankees eventually lost the game 5-4 in ten innings and Girardi's use of the bullpen was widely questioned after the game by the media.

The appearance for Rivera was the 982nd of his career and ties him with Todd Jones for 16th on the all-time career appearances list. Rivera did not get a decision and his ERA still remains at 0.00 for the 2011 season.

Wednesday's game was rained out and no makeup date was announced and the series concludes with an afternoon tilt on Thursday before the Yankees head out on the road to Beantown.
Posted by: David
Ivan Nova pitched six solid innings and got out of a jam late with a key double play and he was followed by the Yankee troika of Chamberlain, Soriano and Rivera.

The Yankees went out to an early 4-0 lead thanks to two run home runs from A-Rod and Jorge Posada. The Twins fought back and cut the deficit in half with a key two run double from Jim Thome. Minnesota scratched for another run but would get no closer as the Yankee bullpen closed the door with three solid innings.

Chamberlain pitched the seventh and was very aggressive making quick work of the Twins. He was followed by Rafael Soriano and he surrendered only a one out infield single when he tried to field a come backer and it tipped off the top of his glove as Jeter was gliding up the middle to field the ball. He then retired former MVPs Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau to end the eighth.

The Sandman entered in the ninth and the hitters that were due up had all hit home runs off of Rivera during their career. Delmon Young's home run was the only hit he had in his career but Mo make quick work of him when he struck him out looking on the third pitch of the AB. Jim Thome popped up to second and then Jason Kubel was the last hope. Kubel took Mo deep last year at the stadium for a grand slam to eventually win the game for the Twins. Mariano got out to a quick 0-2 count but then lined a single up the middle on a low cutter to the outside part of the plate. Jason Repko would pinch run for Kubel but then Danny Valencia grounded to A-Rod who made a nice back handed stop on a hard hit ball and threw to Tex to end the game.

For Rivera it was his 3rd save of the season in as many save opportunities and the 562nd save of his career. He is only 39 saves away from tying Trevor Hoffman and 40 away from being alone in 1st place on the all time career saves list. His 2011 season ERA remains at 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
It was seven years ago today that was launched.

In light of this milestone, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our loyal visitors for your support over the years. It is thanks to that support that this site rolls on.

I would also like to thank my fellow blogger David for his continual contributions to the site as we follow Mariano Rivera to the (hopeful) milestone of 600 saves and beyond!

Thank you for reading this message and for visiting
Posted by: David
Boone Logan started the ninth with a five run lead as the Yankees were beating the Tigers 10-5. The first two batters got on and Logan was getting behind in the count. However, he struck out Austin Jackson looking and retired the next batter on a ground out, but the runners moved up to second and third. It looked like Mo would not be needed but Nunez threw the ball too high to first after fielding a grounder and it pulled Tex off the bag. A run scored to make it 10-6.

Mo faced Miguel Cabrera with runners on first and third with a 10-6 lead. As long as the potential tying run is on the on deck circle the pitcher coming in will be credited with a save if he completes the game. Rivera did just that on three pitches by inducing Cabrera to ground to second to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 2nd of the season in 2 save opportunities and his ERA remains at 0.00. He now has 561 career saves and is only 40 short of tying Trevor Hoffman and 41 from surpassing him to become the all time career saves leader.