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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered in the ninth with the game tied at 6 and had to face the top of the Mets order. Jose Reyes popped out to short for the first out. Mo got Paul LoDuca to 0-2 but then left a pitch out over the plate which LoDuca slammed to left for a double. Rivera then fought back and struck out Carlos Beltran for the second out. The Yankees elected to intentionally walk Carlos Delgago who had a .389 average vs. Mo. David Wright was up next and Mo got him to two strikes but then Stinnett called for the pitch in and Mo got it low and out over the plate and Wright hit it deep to center over the head of Damon for a game winning single.

Rivera is now 1-3 on the season and his ERA is up to 3.38.
Posted by: David
It was the Mariano Rivera of old on Wednesday night at Yankee stadium as he worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve a 4-3 victory for Chien Ming-Wang.

Phil Nevin led off the inning and Mo got him to fly to center for the first out. Hank Blalock was next and hit one into the upper deck but foul to go to 0-2. Mo went up the ladder on the next pitch and Blalock tried to check his swing but it was ruled a swing by the home plate umpire for the second out. Kevin Mench was the last hope and Mo got behind 3-1 but then got Mench to pop up to Jeter to end the game.

For Rivera its his eighth save of the season and seventh consecutive. He now has 387 career saves and is only three behind Dennis Eckersley for fourth place all-time. His season ERA is now lowered to 3.00.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera made his first appearance against Boston this year pitching the ninth in a non-save situation on Wednesday night.

Wille Harris was the first batter and grounded out to second. Next was Alex Gonzalez who grounded back to Mo for the second out. Kevin Youkilis battled but eventually flew out to right to end the game.

Rivera is 0-2 on the season with six saves in seven opportunities. His ERA for the season is now at 2.57. He is now at 385 career saves which puts him only five behind Dennis Eckersley for fourth place on the all time career saves list.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was not sharp but got the big outs when he needed it most. With a little help from Derek Jeter, he and the Yankees were able to survive a ferocious comeback attempt from the Texas Rangers in Arlington on Friday night to hold on for an 8-7 victory.

Mike Mussina was pitching a masterpice, allowing only two hits and one run through the first seven innings. He surrendered a single to the first batter in the eighth and was replaced by Aaron Small who proceded to give up three hits and two runs while only retiring one batter. Kyle Farnsworth replaced Small and was able to strike out Mark Teixeira with the bases loaded for the second out but then walked Phil Nevin to make the score 8-4. Torre called on Mo and Hank Blalock greeted him with a two run single through the right side. Kevin Muench then singled to left to pull the Rangers to within one. Mo then hit Brad Wilkerson on a 0-2 pitch but got Rod Barajas on a bouncer up the middle to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth Mo got DeRosa to ground to A-Rod for the first out. He went 0-2 on Gary Matthews, Jr. but then made a mistake by getting a pitch out over the plate which Matthews served to left for a single. With Michael Young next, Jeter made a play that probably saved Rivera and the Yankees. Young grounded a pitch sharply through the left side which Jeter back handed and jump threw to second to force Matthews for the second out. Teixiera lined hard to right to end the game.

Rivera is 0-2 on the season with six saves in seven opportunities. His ERA for the season is now at 3.00.
Posted by: David
The Yankees were behind 2-0 in the seventh when they scratched for two runs on a pinch hit RBI single from Jorge Posada and an infield RBI grounder from Miguel Cairo.

In the 10th, Damon led off with a double and then Jeter walked. Giambi hit a hot smash to second but because the shift was on the ball was handled by the shortstop, and he had no one to throw to to attempt a double play. Slumping A-Rod and Matsui connected for RBI singles and the Yankees were leading 4-2. Enter Sandman!

Rivera shut the door in the bottom of the tenth by pitching a perfect 1-2-3 inning. He got Sean Burroughs to ground weakly to second for the first out. Then, Tomas Perez who earlier homered to give the Rays the lead at 2-0, flew to left for the second out. Joey Gathright was the last hope. He got Mo in New York last week by singling up the middle and eventually scoring the go ahead run. He battled for ten pitches but Mo caught him looking to end the game.

Rivera is 0-2 on the season with 5 saves and pitches to an ERA of 3.37 so far this season.