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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera made his final tuneup prior to postseason on Saturday afternoon for the Yankees. Rivera pitched the ninth in a 6-5 loss to Toronto. It looked like Mo would have a chance to gain a save but Toronto scored four in the seventh and one in the eighth to overcome a Yankees 4-1 lead.

Rivera faced Aaron Hill to start the inning and induced him to ground to short for the first out. Gregg Zaun was next and Mo blew him away for the second out. John McDonald hit a hard single up the middle before Alex Rios flied to right for the final out of the game.

Rivera finished the regular season with a 5-5 record with 34 saves in 37 save opportunities and his ERA for the regular season is 1.80. 2006 is the fourth consecutive season that he has finished with an ERA below 2.00.
Posted by: Patrick
From the official site:

On Sunday, Torre will continue his long-time tradition of turning over managerial duties to one of his players, as Bernie Williams will run the show in the season-finale against the Blue Jays.

Torre will leave it to Williams to name a pitching coach, with Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera both lobbying for the job.

"I'm making him make those decisions," Torre said. "We have a couple of guys politicking for the job, but I don't know where it's going to land."
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera stayed sharp with another scoreless inning of work vs. the O's on Wednesday night. Mo worked the seventh and surrendered only a two out single to Ramon Hernandez. Tejada grounded out for the first out. Jay Gibbons flied to left for the second out and after the Hernandez single, David Newhan struck out looking. His season ERA now stands at 1.82.

Posted by: Patrick
From the Padres website:

I think it's great. He's worked hard to get there. If you ask me, he's been a little overlooked. He just broke the saves record and nobody says too much about him. Maybe that's better, because he can just do his job. He's not only great on the field, but off of it as well. He's a great guy.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday night as the Yankees won handily 16-1

Rivera faced Rocco Baldelli to start the inning and he reached on an infield single when Cairo couldn't handle the throw from short on a close play. Delmon Young grounded weakly to short and Baldelli went to second on the play. Carl Crawford also grounded out to short with Baldelli moving to third on the play. Mo struck out Greg Norton looking to end the game.

Rivera is 5-5 on the season with 34 saves and his ERA now stands at 1.85.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo is up for the DHL Delivery Man of the Year award. From the official site:

Last year, Mariano Rivera became the first recipient of the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award, beating out nine of the best relievers in the Majors for the honor.

Rivera posted another stellar season in 2006, earning him a spot among the 10 finalists for a second consecutive year and an opportunity to bring the award home once again.

You can vote now.
Posted by: Patrick
From the official site:

Many wondered how Mariano Rivera would feel the day after he pitched for the first time in more than three weeks. Everyone, in fact, except Rivera.

"I knew right away by how I felt [after the game]," the Yankees closer said. "I feel normal, and it makes me feel great." ...

"I'll pitch Sunday," Rivera said, "And the playoffs will be normal. I'll do whatever I have to do."
Posted by: Patrick
After the game, he had this to say:

"It feels good, and it feels normal," Rivera said. "In the beginning, I was kind of tentative. But after I hit Ty, it got better. Everything was better. Everything is out of [my elbow] now." ...

"I feel good, and I'm happy I'm going to finish the way I want to. I knew that everything would be fine, it was just an amount of time. Today I went in there, and the result was great and I'm thankful."
Posted by: David
Yankee fans relax, Mo is back with a vengeance. Mariano Rivera pitched for the first time since August 31 and was simply awesome!

Rivera struck out the side in a one inning performance to earn his 34th save of the season. Carl Crawford led off and Mo had him 1-2 when he broke his bat with a devastating cutter which Crawford blooped to right for a single. Greg Norton struck out swinging for the first out. Ty Wigginton was hit with a pitch. With the tying run coming to the plate, Rivera closed the door by striking out Dioner Navarro and B.J. Upton to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 413th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.87.
Posted by: Patrick
According to the official site:

Mariano Rivera threw his second bullpen session in three days, reporting no problems with his right arm. Rivera has missed almost three weeks because of a mild muscle strain near his right elbow, but he said Tuesday that the problem is a thing of the past. ...

"I'd like to throw at least three times before the season ends," he said. "That will give me enough time to get ready."
Posted by: Patrick
From the Yankees' site:

Mariano Rivera remains scheduled to take the mound on Tuesday for a bullpen session, and the Yankees are hopeful that their All-Star closer will return to the mound later this week.

Rivera hasn't pitched in a game since Aug. 31, because of a mild muscle strain near his right elbow. He got on a mound for the first time on Saturday, throwing 32 pitches in the bullpen at Yankee Stadium.
Posted by: Patrick
From the official site:

Rivera threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen session before Saturday's doubleheader, reporting no problems with the mild muscle strain in his right forearm. The closer didn't throw at 100 percent strength for the entire session, but aired it out at the end. ...

"I felt fine," Rivera said through a team spokesman. "I felt great." ...

If Rivera has no setbacks, he will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday in Toronto, then resume his regular throwing routine on Wednesday. He could get into a game as early as Friday, when the Yankees open a series against Tampa Bay.
Posted by: Patrick
From the official site:

Mariano Rivera will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, then again on Monday or Tuesday. Assuming Rivera has no setbacks with the strained muscle in his right forearm, he could get into a game late next week on the road trip, most likely in Tampa Bay.

Via RotoWire.
Posted by: Patrick
According to Yankees.com:

Mariano Rivera had his most encouraging day in almost two weeks, throwing 25 pitches without feeling any tightness in his right forearm. ...

Rivera's next step will be a bullpen session Saturday, an exercise he will likely repeat one more time before getting into a game. Rivera believes that he needs to pitch in just two or three games to tune up for the postseason, leaving plenty of time.
Posted by: Patrick
He won't be throwing today, afterall:

Rivera, 36, hasn't pitched since Aug. 31 against the Tigers because of a muscle strain near his pitching elbow. He threw Sunday at Camden Yards and was slated to throw again today, but that session was pushed back to Wednesday, manager Joe Torre said.
Posted by: Patrick
From The New York Times:

Mariano Rivera, who has a muscle strain near his right elbow, intensified his game of catch Sunday, estimating he made more than 40 throws with about 80 percent intensity. Its still kind of tight, still there, Rivera said. But its a lot of improvement without trying to push it. Rivera plans to throw off a mound Tuesday and would need to do that at least twice before pitching in a game for the first time this month.

Via Rotoworld.com.
Posted by: Patrick
From the official site:

Mariano Rivera won't be back on the mound for at least a week as the closer continues to be bothered by a mild muscle strain near his right elbow. ...

Rivera will take Monday off, and assuming that he feels fine, will throw again on Tuesday. He won't get on a mound until at least Thursday as the Yankees are waiting for his arm to be at full strength before letting him throw a bullpen session.
Posted by: Patrick
From The Advocate:

Mariano Rivera will throw again today, but he won't be doing it off a mound. That won't happen until Rivera no longer feels any tightness near his elbow.

Manager Joe Torre said the tightness that Rivera has been feeling recently has moved down his forearm and is about halfway to his wrist. Torre is encouraged about that, saying trainer Gene Monahan believes it's a sign the muscles are loosening.
Posted by: Patrick
From the official site:

The Yankees will be without their All-Star closer for this weekend's four-game set against the Orioles at Camden Yards, as Rivera continues to take his time returning from a mild muscle strain near his right elbow.

Rivera played catch Friday, the first time he has thrown at all since Monday, when he felt tightness in his arm. He said he felt "a little tightness" Friday, but said it was much better than it had been earlier in the week. Rivera, who hasn't pitched in a game since Aug. 31, made about 40 throws during his session.

"I feel better than the other day; for today, it was good," Rivera said. "It's much better than the other day. That's good news."

So, the earliest he'll be pitching in a game is on Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Posted by: Patrick
From the New York Daily News:

Torre said after last night's game, however, that Rivera would do "more than play catch" tomorrow, indicating the closer might even be able to get into a game that day or the next day. "We've been winning some games without him but no one is delusional enough to think we can do that in the future," Torre said. "He could go out and pitch right now. What we're trying to do is alleviate the discomfort. He's very important to us. The ability to get it all the way well is our priority."
Posted by: Patrick
According to the official site:

Mariano Rivera won't pitch in this week's series against the Royals, but Joe Torre hopes to have his closer back over the weekend in Baltimore.

Rivera hasn't pitched since Thursday because of a mild muscle strain near his right elbow, but he said Monday that his arm feels better after a weekend of rest. Still, Torre plans to take a conservative approach with his most important pitcher.

"I want to stay away from him [in Kansas City]," Torre said. "We're going to try to push it as long as we can. We're progressing and it's feeling better, but the longer we can keep him down, the better it will be."
Posted by: Patrick
From FOX Sports:

Manager Joe Torre said on Saturday that Rivera would not pitch during the final two games of his team's series against the Minnesota Twins so he can rest his right arm.

"I'm just going to shut him down for a few days. Let's see if a few days off will help, try and relieve some of the discomfort," Torre said. "It doesn't feel normal.
Posted by: Patrick
As David noted, Mo's MRI results came in:

There was a huge sigh of relief among the Yankees yesterday when results of an MRI exam on reliever Mariano Rivera's right arm showed only a mild muscle strain at the elbow but no structural damage.