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Posted by: David
The Yankees came back from an early 1-0 deficit with an RBI from Nick Swisher after a Robinson Cano triple. Russell Martin would add a big three run homer, while Jorge Posada hit solo blast, which was reviewed and confirmed by the umpires.

A.J. Burnett was great through seven innings and started the eighth but after the leadoff hitter reached on a Nunez error, Girardi opted for David Robertson. Robertson gave up a hit to make it first and third, but then got tough with a strikeout to end the inning.

In the ninth, Rivera got Gamel to pop out weakly to short for the first out. Casey McGehee struck out looking and Yuniesky grounded out to third to end the game. For Rivera, the save is his 21st on the season and 580th of his career. He is now only 22 saves shy of surpassing Trevor Hoffman as the all-time career saves leader. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.72.

The series concludes tomorrow afternoon with CC Sabathia on the hill with the Yankees looking for the sweep.
Posted by: Patrick
With the proposal approved, Mariano Rivera will now move forward in purchasing a distressed piece of property in New Rochelle, New York, in order to renovate and re-open a church with the addition of a community center.

CBS New York's Catherine Cioffi reports on a news conference held by Rivera and the town's mayor, Noah Bramson.

While Rivera will purchase the property for just $1, the necessary renovations are estimated to cost $3 million.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees recently held their annual Old Timers Day, welcoming back many well known (and not so well known) former Yankees back to the stadium. As part of the festivities, Mariano Rivera asked Michael Kay to introduce him alongside the former players. But, Mike Silva reports that Kay refused, leading to humorous interview of Mo by YES Network's Kim Jones.

"He blew it," Rivera joked. "That big head, he blew it. I told him and he didn't want to do it, so I'm mad at him."

Via Joe DeLessio.
Posted by: David
The Yankees fell behind early 3-0, but struck back in the fifth with a two run home run from Nick Swisher and a solo shot from Jorge Posada to tie the game at 3.

Discasio was perfect through 4 1/3 but in the fifth the Yankees got to him as Cano got on base with a single. Ivan Nova wasn't as good as his previous few starts, but he pitched a solid six innings and gave the Yankees a chance to win.

A-Rod tied the score at 4 with an RBI single after Ty Wiggington hit a long ball to regain the lead for the Rockies. The Yankees would take the lead for good when Troy Tulowitzski misplayed a hard smash and allowed Curtis Granderson to get on. He scored on an RBI single from Eduardo Nunez. Mark Teixeira added an insurance run in the eighth to end the scoring at 6-4.

Rivera struck out Wiggington, Blackmon and Ianneta for a perfect ninth inning and his 20th save in 23 save opportunities. The save is his 579th of his career. He is only 23 shy of passing Trevor Hoffman for the all-time career saves list. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.78.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera's plans to buy a distressed piece of property and turn it into a church and community center have received a boost, as New Rochelle City Council voted 5-2, in favor of selling him the property.

Ned P. Rauch of has the story. They will now need to come to terms on an agreement. City manager Charles Strome III, who recommended selling the property to Rivera hopes for that to happen soon.
Posted by: David
Freddy Garcia escaped an early jam and benefited from sloppy baserunning as the Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon in Ohio. The Yankees were on top early with a 2-0 lead. The Reds scored two unearned runs to tie it up as Ramiro Pena committed three errors that allowed the runs to score.

Jorge Posada broke the tie with a two run homer to put the Yankees ahead at 4-2. The Yankee baserunning was less than stellar as well and prevented them from scoring even more runs.

Garcia left after seven and David Robertson cruised through the eighth and set up Mo for the ninth.

Rivera struck out Jay Bruce to start the inning and then Ramiro Pena redeemed himself somewhat by making a great diving play on a bullet hit by Scott Rolen down the line. It would have been a sure double and brought the potential tying run to the plate, but Pena dove, backhanded the ball and rose to his feet to throw out Rolen for the second out. Stubbs then struck out to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 19th of the season and 578th of his career. He is now only 22 shy of the magic 600 number, 23 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman and 24 shy of surpassing him for the all time career saves leader. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.84.
Posted by: David
Luis Ayala started the ninth and put a man on. Boone Logan was summoned and he hit a batter in the back with the first pitch. Since the game was then technically a save situation, the Sandman was summoned with a 5-1 lead and two runners on base.

Mo faced Jay Bruce first and eventually got him on a grounder to first base unassisted. Scott Rolen hit an infield single when Nunez fielded a grounder deep in the hole but was late with the throw and a run scored to make it 5-2. Heisey grounded back to the mound and Rivera just missed turning it into a game ending DP as Heisey just beat the relay from Nunez and another run scored to make it 5-3. Edgar Renteria pinch hit and struck out to end the game as the Yankees won 5-3.

The save for Rivera was his 18th on the season in 21 save opportunities and the 577th of his career. He is now only 23 shy of the magic 600 number, 24 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman and 25 shy of eclipsing him as the all time career saves leader. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.91.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera surrendered a home run to lead off hitter Reed Johnson, but he held on for his 17th save of the season and 576th of his career.

The Yankees led the Chicago Cubs 4-2 heading to the bottom of the ninth thanks to a double from Eduardo Nunez which scored Cano. Swisher was thrown out on the play.

The Yankees took an early 2-0 lead and then the Cubs struck back with a two run home run from Carlos Pena. The Yankees would take the lead for good at 3-2 and A.J. Burnett almost lost it in the sixth. He had two potential double plays which turned into errors, one by Cano and one by Nunez. With Geovanny Soto at bat and runners on 1st and 3rd, Soto hit a line drive to Gardner which he raced in on and caught the ball and fired a one hop strike to Russell Martin to nail Carlos Pena at the plate and preserve the 3-2 lead.

A.J. Burnett was relieved by Cory Wade, Hector Noesi, David Robertson and then the Sandman.

Rivera gave up the lead off home run to Johnson after the previous pitch just missed on the inside corner. Rafael Soriano followed with a single up the middle but then Soto hit into a key double play to clear the bases. Baker would then strike out on a check swing to end the game.

For Rivera, the save was his 17th on the 2011 season and 576th of his career. He is 24 shy of the magic 600 number, 25 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman and 26 shy of surpassing him for the all time career saves lead. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.98.
Posted by: David
I had not seen Mo pitch in about a week. I was present on Thursday afternoon to see him pitch two innings in the finale of an extra inning affair vs. the Texas Rangers. The Yankees eventually won the game 3-2 on a walk off RBI single from Brett Gardner.

Rivera entered in the ninth inning with the scored tied at 2. He made quick work of Endy Chavez when his attempt at a bunt was popped up and caught in foul territory by Mark Texeira. Ian Kinsler then grounded to third for the second out and Elvis Andrus did the same thing to end the inning.

The Yankees could not score in the bottom of the ninth and since he threw only 11 pitches in the ninth and had not pitched in a while, he was brought back out for the tenth to face the heart of the Rangers order. Reigning AL and ALCS MVP Josh Hamilton led off the inning and flied out to right for the first out. Michael Young singled on the second pitch, but then Mo got tough and retired Adrian Beltre on a pop up to short right which Cano caught near the line and Mitch Moreland grounded to second to end the inning. Rivera lowered his 2011 season ERA to 1.71.

Cory Wade followed Mo and pitched two scoreless innings and got the win.
Posted by: Patrick
Back in April, it was reported by Talk of the Sound that Mariano Rivera was looking to buy a distressed piece of property in New Rochelle for $1, in order to build a church and community center to improve the community.

Andrew Klappholz of has an update on the story. New Rochelle city manager Charles Strome III has recommended that the property be sold to Rivera and his congregation, one of two parties who have expressed interest.

Storme indicated that the decision was based heavily on the fact that the Rivera-backed organization had the money to make the improvements now, where the other bidder, Bezer Holiness Church, would need to raise funds over an extended period of time.
Posted by: David
When Lance Pendleton couldn't finish off the Tribe, the Sandman was summoned. Amauri Sanit started the inning and allowed a run and left the bases loaded. Pendleton proceeded to walk Choo to force in a run and Girardi did not want to push the envelope any further.

Rivera faced Matt LaPorta and he singled to deep right center to score two runs and bring the Indians to within four at 11-7. He then got tough and induced a pop out to second from Cord Phelps. Adam Everett hit a pop foul to first to end the game.

There was no save for Rivera, but he lowered his 2011 season ERA to 1.85.

Today, I will be attending my first game of the year at the stadium. Jeter is only nine short of the magic 3,000 and hopefully Colon will be on.
Posted by: David
Bartolo Colon was not vintage, but the Angels could not get the big hit when they needed it and left a myriad of runners on base. Colon lasted into the seventh and was replaced by David Robertson who did not have his great stuff, but got the big strikeout at the critical time.

Robertson was relieved by Joba Chamberlain and he struggled as well. However, he managed to get a strikeout and ended the eighth with a double play. Nick Swisher hit a huge home run late to give the Yankees an insurance run and Mo entered with a two run lead.

Maicer Izturis looped a ball over the head of A-Rod and Jeter which just fell in front of Brett Gardner and the Angels had their lead-off hitter aboard. Mo struck out Erick Aybar swinging but then former Yankee Bobby Abreu lined a single to right center to put the tying runs on with only one out. Torii Hunter was the potential winning run and was 3 for 10 against Rivera for his career coming into the AB. The Sandman induced an around the horn double play to end the game and give the Yankees the win, 5-3.

For Rivera, he earned his 16th save in 19 opportunities on the season and now has 575 career saves. He is only 25 away from the magic 600, 26 away from tying Trevor Hoffman and 27 away from surpassing Hoffman for the all-time career saves list. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.90.
Posted by: David
Robinson Cano and A-Rod accounted for all three runs with home runs and CC Sabathia was brilliant through 8 and 2/3 as the Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3-2 on Saturday night on the West Coast.

The Yankees went ahead in the fourth 1-0 when Robinson Cano connected off of Ervin Santana. Torii Hunter made a valiant attempt to rob Cano, as he actually ended up in the first row of the right field stands with his leaping attempt for a miraculous catch.

The Angels would tie the score with a sacrifice fly as Derek Jeter's error was the cause of the unearned run. A-Rod connected for his 10th home run of the season, a two run shot in the sixth to put the Yankees ahead 3-1 at the time and CC cruised from there. Sabathia would start the ninth with Mo warming up. He got the first two outs but then Bourjon singled and took second on defensive indifference. He would score on a single from Maicer Izturis and suddenly the tying run was on base.

Mo was summoned and he threw a cutter to Erick Aybar which jammed him, sending a pop up to Jeter to end the game. For Rivera, the save is his 15th of the season and 574th of his career. He is now only 26 shy of the magic 600, 27 shy of tying Trevor Hoffman, and 28 shy of surpassing him to become the all time career saves leader. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.99.
Posted by: David
It has been a while since Mariano Rivera got a save, but on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland he was quite workmanlike. Nick Swisher hit a three run homer to put the Yankees ahead at 4-2 and that was the score when all was said and done.

A.J. Burnett pitched seven strong innings and Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth inning allowing two hits and Mo closed the door.

Rivera caught Willingham looking then got Sweeney on a ground out to second and the last out was a pop up by Suzuki to second. The save for Rivera was his 14th on the season and 573rd of his career. He is now 27 short of the magic 600, 28 short of tying Trevor Hoffman for the all-time career saves list and 29 short of surpassing him. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 2.01.