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Posted by: David
With the Yankees behind 7-5 entering the ninth inning Joe Torre still went to Mo to keep the Angels at bay since the heart of the order was due up.

Rivera responded with a 1-2-3 inning by striking out Darin Erstad and Vladimir Guerrero and getting Garret Anderson to ground to first to end the inning.

The Yankee bullpen spoiled a fine outing by new Yankee Shawn Chacon. He went six innings and only allowed one unearned run. Felix Rodriguez started by walking the first batter, then newly acquired Alan Embree got to 0-2 on Adam Kennedy before he looped a single to left. Chone Figgins then bunted toward third and Embree fielded the ball but threw it wild to first allowing a run to score. Torre responded with Flash Gordon who gave up a long single to Orlando Cabrera off the right field wall giving the Angels the lead at 4-3. Gordon allowed another run to score on an infield grounder to second from Guerrero to make the score 5-3. Gordon then went from bad to worse by giving up a two run homer to former Yankee Juan Rivera extending the Angels lead to 7-3.

The Yankees came back in the eighth with a two run homer from Jason Giambi. The Angels then brought in Francisco Rodriguez who got out of the eighth without further damage. The ninth was different, he surrendered four walks, a wild pitch and a game winning two run double to Matsui making the final 8-7 in favor of the Yankees. It was the first time in six save opportunities against the Yankees in 2005 that K-Rod was unsuccessful.

Rivera has now lowered his season ERA to 0.81.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered the ninth with a 6-3 lead over the Twins and was simply workmanlike. He struck out Torii Hunter on a high fastball for the first out. He then got Jacque Jones to ground to second for the second out and retired Justin Morneau on a liner to Cano at second to end the game. He now has 362 career saves and is only five away from tying Jeff Reardon for 5th place on the all time list. His season ERA is now lowered to 0.83.
Posted by: Patrick
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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth against the Rangers as the Yankees won 8-4 by slugging six home runs on the night.

Mo struck out Teixeira and Blaylock and then got Soriano on a broken bat grounder to second to end the game. His season ERA is now at 0.89.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was simply awesome tonight, striking out the side in the ninth to preserve an 8-6 come from behind victory against the Red Sox in Boston. Mo set down Damon, Renteria and Ortiz all swinging to end the game. The Yankees fell behind early trailing 4-0 after the first inning. Tom Gordon pitched a scoreles eighth and the Yankees faced just activated Curt Schilling in his new role as closer. Sheffield led off with a double and then A-Rod crushed a hanging splitter to the center field bleachers to give the Yankees the eventual winning margin. Rivera now has 357 career saves, just ten behind Jeff Reaedon for fifth all-time. His season ERA stands at 0.98.
Posted by: Seamus
Mo closed out yet another All-Star game tonight as he came in to face one batter and struck out Morgan Ensberg to record the save in a 7-5 victory for the American League. The AL will now have home field advantage in the World Series for the 4th straight season.
Posted by: David
Thank you to Patrick and everyone from this site. I came home from the hospital yesterday and feel good. I have a surgery consultation on the 18th and hopefully the operation will be scheduled soon thereafter. Its great to be back!
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera gave up three hits and a run but held on to secure the Yankees sixth consecutive victory, 5-4 against Cleveland.

Mo struck out the first batter but then was touched for a double, two singles and a sacrifice fly. There were runners on first and third when Rivera got a ground out to end the game. Its the first run he has given up in approximately twenty innings and his season ERA is now 1.07. Mo has 355 career saves and is twelve behind Jeff Reardon for fifth on the all time career saves list.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees would jump out to a 6-0 lead early, only to lose it and be down 8-6 and finally come back to win 13-8. Mo finished the game with a 1-2-3 9th (David Newhan, Luis Matos, Larry Bigbie). He was not credited with the save, but his ERA is now 0.83.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera has been named to the AL All Star team. Although he is T-6th in saves in the AL, his 0.85 ERA leads all closers.

Congrats to him.
Posted by: Patrick
Chien-Ming Wang (7 IP), Tom Gordon (1 IP) and Mariano Rivera (1 IP) combined to hold the to 0 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk as Mo (despite allowing a leadoff double) earned his 18th save and pulled his ERA down to 0.85.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees rallied past the Tigers in the ninth, thanks a 2 out rally led by Tony Womack and Bernie Williams. Mo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, knocking his ERA down to 0.88. He did not collect a decision.