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Posted by: David
The Yankees fell behind early as Andy Pettitte struggled through six innings. Paul Konerko took Andy deep to right for a three run home run in the first inning.

The Yankees battled back against Freddy Garcia with an RBI double from A-Rod and a run scoring single from Robinson Cano.

The Chisox went back ahead 4-2 on a sacrifice fly. Both pitchers settled down until the sixth when Derek Jeter took Freddy Garcia deep to left to tie the score at four.

Thornton releived Garcia and Jeter tripled to right just beyond the diving try of Jayson Nix to score two runs and give the Yankees the lead at 6-4.

Alfredo Aceves worked the seventh and Damaso Marte and Joba Chamberlain worked a scoreless eighth to set up Mo for the save.

Rivera faced pesky Juan Pierre to start the inning and he worked the count to 3-2 before punching a soft line drive to A-Rod at third for the first out. Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham also battled to 3-2 counts but Mo got both of them swinging. Ramirez whiffed on a two seam inside sinker and Beckham ended the game by missing Mo's patented cutter.

For Rivera it was his seventh save of the season in seven save opportunities and was also his 51st consecutive save at home. For his career Mariano now has 533 saves. His 2010 season ERA still remains perfect at 0.00.
Posted by: David
It wasn't a save situation, but Mo needed work. Rivera hadn't pitched since April 21st and rust was about to settle in.

A.J. Burnett pitched eight briliant innings of shutout ball and was helped with two home runs from Robinson Cano and a first inning sacrifice fly from A-Rod.

Rivera faced Nick Markakis to start the inning and he swung at the first pitch and popped up to Swisher in right for the first out. Matt Wieters worked a walk as Mo's control was not pinpoint as usual. He then got tough and struck Miguel Tejada swinging and then retired Luke Scott on a fly ball to right to end the game.

His ERA on the season remains at a perfect 0.00 with eight scoreless innings.
Posted by: Patrick
Check out the clip below for some footage of President Barack Obama's remarks during the Yankees visit to the White House.


Via
Jana Siciliano.
Posted by: Patrick
Harvey Araton of The New York Times has a new nice on the "elegance" of Mariano Rivera.

For what he does, hes maybe the most dominant athlete other than Bill Russell that I know, [Reggie] Jackson said. But its also in the way he does it. Quiet. Humble. Mariano is regal, baseball royalty.

Via Alex Belth.
Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that Mr. Rivera and the Yankees will visit the White House this afternoon, to be honored for their World Series victory last fall.
Posted by: David
It wasn't vintage Mo on Wednesday night in Oakland, but even when he isn't his dominant self, the outcome is still successful.

The night belonged to Phil Hughes. With his mom and dad in the stands, Phil Hughes pitched no hit ball for seven innings and had allowed only one baserunner on a walk. Eric Chavez led off the eighth and on the first pitch bounced a fast ball back through the mound. Hughes stopped it with his glove but then couldn't find the ball and Chavez reached with a single. Hughes got one out and gave way to Joba Chamberlain who got through the eighth by only allowing one run to score and keep the lead for the Yankees at 2-1.

The Yankees produced an insurance run in the ninth with a clutch two out RBI single from Brett Gardner that scored Curtis Granderson to make the score 3-1.

In the ninth, Rivera faced Daric Barton to start the inning and Barton battled for nine pitches before fouling out to A-Rod. Ryan Sweeney lined a single to center and that was followed by Kurt Suzuki being hit by a pitch to put the potential tying runs on base.

Eric Chavez was next and he battled but hit into a force play 1-6 for the second out. Kevin Kouzmanoff was the last hope and Mo got ahead quickly at 0-2 before he induced Kouzmanoff to fly to center to end the game.

For Rivera, it is his sixth save of the season in six save opportunities. He had twenty-six pitches on the evening. For his career, Rivera now has 532 saves. His 2010 season ERA remains at 0.00.

The Yankee scoring early was highlighted by back to back triples from A-Rod and Cano. The series concludes tomorrow afternoon with CC Sabathia on the hill for the Pinstripers.
Posted by: David
Damaso Marte looked wild and walked the first batter of the ninth inning. Even though the situation was not eligible for a save, Girardi still summoned Mo.

With the Yankees leading 7-3 and a runner on base, Mariano Rivera entered and faced Cliff Pennington. Mo blew him away swinging and then got pinch hitter Gabe Gross to hit into a game ending double play.

It was the seventh appearance of the year for Rivera and he has a record of 0-0 with five saves in as many opportunities and his ERA still remains perfect at 0.00.

The game was highlighted by a three run home run from A-Rod and a two run single from Nick Swisher. Javier Vazquez started and went 5.1 innings with 100 plus pitches. He surrendered three runs all on home runs and was credited with the win.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera converted his fifth consecutive save of the 2010 season and his 50th consecutive at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees are now 9-3 on the short season and completed this six game home stand with a sweep of the Texas Rangers. Derek Jeter was scratched with a head cold but Ramiro Pena filled in with solid defense and a clutch two out two run single. Mark Texeiera and Jorge Posada hit home runs and Andy Pettitte was brilliant with eight strong innings.

The Yankee defense was also outstanding with two brilliant plays from gold glover Mark Texeira. It was the tenth consecutive game without an error for the Bombers.

For Rivera, he was awesome as usual. He faced perennial All-Star and former MVP Vladimir Guerrero to start the inning and retired him on a soft line out to right field. American League home run leader Nelson Cruz was next and Mo caught him looking for the second out. Chris Davis pinch hit for Ryan Garko and he also became a victim of looking inside for the cutter and watching Mo paint the outside corner with a strike to end the game.

Rivera has five saves on the season in five save opportunities and 531 on his brilliant career. His season ERA remains at 0.00.

The Yankees now head to the West Coast with a day off tomorrow and resume play on Tuesday night in Oakland vs. the A's.
Posted by: David
Joba Chamberlain couldn't quite get the third out without creating a save situation and Joe Girardi took no chances. Enter Sandman!

With the Yankees ahead 6-2 and two runners on base Mo was summoned to get the final out. He only needed four pitches to get Bobby Abreu to ground out to Cano at second to end the game.

For Rivera, it is his 4th save of the season in 4 save opportunities and his ERA remains perfect at 0.00.

The game was highlighted by two home runs from Robinson Cano on Jackie Robinson night in baseball, two triples from Curtis Granderson and a home run and double from Derek Jeter.

The Yankee bullpen got work with Robertson, Marte, Chamberlain and Rivera completing the last four innings after Phil Hughes left after five.
Posted by: David
It looked like Mo would not be needed on Opening Day with the Yankees leading the Angels 7-1 starting the ninth inning. However, David Robertson imploded and gave up three quick hits to load the bases with no outs. Robertson was able to strike out a batter without a run scoring. The next batter was former Yankee Bobby Abreu and he delivered a grand slam to cut the Angels deficit to two runs at 7-5.

The game situation was now eligible for a save and The Sandman was called. He fell behind Torii Hunter 3-1 but came back to get him swinging and then faced World Series MVP Hideki Matsui and he popped up on the first pitch to Cano to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his third in three save opportunites and his 2010 season ERA remains at 0.00.

Today's game included home runs from Nick Johnson and Derek Jeter and a two run single from A-Rod. Andy Pettitte pitched six strong innings and gave way to Chan Ho Park who pitched the seventh and eighth.
Posted by: David
It wasn't a save situation, but Mo needed work. He hadn't pitched since Wednesday and tomorrow is an off day. With Sabathia flirting with a no hit bid yesterday, the bullpen was in need of work today.

A.J. Burnett started off shaky but returned in fine form and was followed by Joba Chamberlain and then Mo.

Rivera faced Pat Burrell to start the inning and he singled to center. Dioner Navarro then quickly hit into a 6-4-3 double play and there were two quick outs. Sean Rodriguez walked and the Josh Bartlett struck out swinging to end the game.

Rivera has worked three innings on the 2010 season with an 0-0 record and two saves. His ERA is still perfect at 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
Before Wednesday's game between the Yankees and Red Sox, umpire Joe West reportedly said this to the Bergen Record:

"They're the two clubs that don't try to pick up the pace. They're two of the best teams in baseball. Why are they playing the slowest?"

"It's pathetic and embarrassing. They take too long to play." ...

"All of baseball looks to these two clubs to pick up the pace. Angel [Hernandez, home plate umpire] did everything he could. The players aren't working with us."

"This is embarrassing, a disgrace to baseball."

Most Yankees decided to stay out of it, but Mariano Rivera had a few choice words to the New York Post:

"It's incredible," Rivera told The Post. "If he has places to go, let him do something else. What does he want us to do, swing at balls?"

"He has a job to do. He should do his job," Rivera said. "We don't want to play four-hour games, but that's what it takes. We respect and love the fans and do what we have to do, and that's play our game."

Via Alex Belth.
Posted by: Patrick
Over on the YES Network website, Kim Jones has a lighthearted interview with Mariano Rivera where they discuss what he does during batting practice, his aspirations to play a game or two in center field and how long he'll continue to play.

Thanks Jack for the tip.
Posted by: David
Curtis Granderson hit a home run in his first at bat as a Yankee at Fenway Park and tonight it was deja vu all over again. The Yankees and Red Sox battled all night long with great starting pitching from Andy Pettitte and John Lackey.

David Ortiz scored Dustin Pedroia early in the game and the Yankees tied it late with a clutch RBI single from Nick Swisher off of fireballer Daniel Bard.

The bullpens were both tough until the tenth. Chan Ho Park pitched three solid innings and Okajima, Bard and Papelbon kept pace until the tenth.

Papelbon came back out for a second inning and Curtis Granderson jumped on a high fastball and crushed it deep to right to give the Yankees the lead at 2-1. The Bombers would scratch another insurance run and that way all that Rivera needed.

Rivera made quick work of Jacoby Ellsbury as Texeira made a nice unassisted play for the first out. Dustin Pedoria battled to 3-2 until he grounded to third for the second out. Victor Martinez was the last hope and Mo got him to fly to left to end the game.

With the win the Yankees win the series the hard way after losing the first game. For Rivera it is second save of the season in as many save opportunities and his ERA of course remains at 0.00.

The Yankees now fly to Tampa for a weekend series against the tough Rays starting on Friday night.
Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that when Mariano Rivera entered last night's game, a new record was set, not only for the MLB, but also for the three other major sports, the NBA, NHL and NFL.

The record? Rivera, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada have now played together for 16 consecutive seasons. That has never been done before. Before this season, the three tied with Jim Gantner, Paul Monitor and Robin Yount, who played for the Brewers for 15 straight seasons.

Thanks to Mr. Diaz for the tip.
Posted by: David
What the Yankees tried to do on Sunday night, they weren't able to accomplish. However, tonight in Boston the Yankees got the ball to Mo with the lead and as usual he got the job done.

The Yankees fell behind early 1-0 and 3-1 as Victor Martinez bombed a two run shot off A.J. Burnett. Both he and John Lester were so-so for about five innings and then the bullpens took over.

On Sunday night the Yankee bullpen failed, tonight it was fantastic. Four scoreless innings from Aceves, Robertson, Marte, Chamberlain and Rivera.

Chamberlain entered in the eighth with Youkilis on second and only one out and struck out Beltre and Drew to end the inning. Robinson Cano added an insurance run in the ninth with a bomb deep to right to extend the Yankee lead to 6-4.

Mo entered in the ninth and jammed Mike Cameron as he popped up to short for the first out. Marco Scutaro battled and Mo left a ball out over the plate and Scutaro doubled off the Green Monster in left. However, "The Sandman" did not panic and struck out Ellsbury looking and got Pedroia to fly to right on the first pitch to end the game.

For Rivera, it is his 1st save of the season and 527th of his career. His 2010 season ERA is of course at 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
Tonight, the Yankees jump start their season against Boston in Fenway. It's time for the games that count. Go Yankees!

But, also, today marks 6 years since MarianoRivera.com launched. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago, but that's how these things work, I suppose.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who regularly visits and supports this website. It means a lot to us. Thank you.

Thank you, as well, to David for all of his efforts in maintaining the site.

Let's hope 2010 was as good as 2009 for the Yankees and for Mr. Rivera.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was victimized by shoddy fielding and his own lack of command. He also gave up two hits and hit a batter and struck out one. He had the chance to end the sixth inning with the Yankees still enjoying a four run lead, however, A-Rod fielded a grounder and Cano couldn't handle the throw allowing two runs to score. Reimold was the next batter and he singled for the third unearned run.

Mo does finish the spring with a perfect 0.00 ERA.