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Posted by: David
Hiroki Kuroda left seven batters on in the first three innings and threw close to 60 pitches. However, he did not surrender any runs and the Yankees got out to an early 4-0 lead. Kuroda settled down in the middle innings and then left after seven innings with a 4-0 lead.

David Robertson entered in the eighth and got two outs quickly but then gave up a single against the shift and a two run homer to Chris Carter to pull the Astros within 2 runs at 4-2. Rivera started warming but then the Yankees added three runs in the bottom of the eighth with an Overbay home run and the third RBI single of the night from Travis Hafner. Ichiro and Eduardo Nunez also chipped in with three hits apiece.

Shawn Kelley entered in the ninth with a 7-2 lead and struggled. He got two outs with two on but then Jose Altuve hit a two run double to the gap in right center and the score was at 7-4 and in a save situation. Girardi called on Mo and he struck out Castro to end the game.

For Rivera it was his 10th save in 10 save opportunities and the first time in his career that he has had 10 saves in the month of April. For his career Rivera now has 618 saves. His 2013 record is 0-0 and his ERA now stands at 1.74.

Posted by: David
Lyle Overbay hit a two run home run late off of R.A. Dickey to put the Yankees ahead 3-2 and Rivera got his third save of the series and 9th of the season as the Yankees swept the four game series. The Jays led in each of the four games, but the Yankees rallied late in each game and are now 15-9 on the season and 9-4 at home.

Rivera entered in the ninth and got Izturis to line to left, then Bonifacio pinch hit and was struck out swinging and Arencibia also pinch hit and grounded to first to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 9 saves in 9 save opportunities and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.80.

Phil Hughes pitched six strong innings for the Bombers but again had a no decision.
Posted by: David
The game did not get that far along and the Yankees had lost their starting battery. On the fifth pitch of the game Francisco Cervelli was hit on the hand with a foul tip off the bat of Rajai Davis and left the game. X-Rays showed that he suffered a broken hand which will require surgery and he will be out at least six weeks. Austin Romine was called up from the Triple A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders. Ivan Nova left in the second with shoulder stiffness and was sent for an MRI.

Nova was replaced by David Phelps who allowed an inherited runner to score but then was great over 4 innings. He did allow a home run to Encarnacion, his second of the night but had nine strikeouts. The Yankees tied the score and went ahead on an RBI triple from Lyle Overbay and then he scored on a wild pitch. The home run from Encarnacion pulled the Blue Jays to within a run at 4-3.

The Yankees went ahead by two at 5-3 as another run scored on a passed ball. Phelps was replaced by Joba Chamberlain in the seventh and he maintained a two run lead. David Robertson came in for the eighth and did surrender a booming home run to Jose Bautista to trim the lead to 5-4.

Brett Gardner hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth off of Darren Oliver to give the Yankees an insurance run extending the lead to 6-4.

Rivera entered in the ninth and J.P. Arencibia lined to third for the first out. Brett Lawrie grounded a single through the right side and Maicer Izturis followed with a similar single to put the tying runs on base. Kawasaki was struck out swinging for the second out and it was left up to Rajai Davis. Bonifacio pinch ran for Izturis and it proved to be the right move as Davis grounded a ball in the hold between 2nd and 3rd and it was fielded by Nunez at short but his throw to Cano at second was late and the bases were loaded. However, the Sandman was able to strike out Colby Rasmus swinging to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 8 saves in 8 save opportunities and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.00.
Posted by: David
Hiroki Kuroda got off to a bad start as the surrendered a two run blast to Edwin Encarnacion and a solo shot to Brett Lawrie giving Toronto an early 3-0 lead. However, he settled down and pitched six innings. Vernon Wells took Buehrle deep again and Robinson Cano gave the Yankees the lead for good when he hit a three run shot.

Chamberlain and Robertson set up for Rivera with scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively. In the ninth Rivera struck out J.P. Arencibia, broke the bat of Colby Rasmus inducing a weak pop up to Cano at second and then froze Brett Lawrie looking to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 7 saves in 7 save opportunities and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.25.
Posted by: David
David Price deserved a better fate as he pitched into the eighth inning. The Rays jumped out early to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Ben Zobrist. The Yankees came back in the middle of the game. Eduardo Nunez reached after he swung and miss on a third strike but it went past Molina and Nunez reached with no outs. Cano singled and Nunez took third and scored on an RBI single from Vernon Wells.

The Rays went ahead 2-1 on a bloop RBI single from Jose Molina. The Yankees struck right back as Ichiro singled with out out and on a hit and run took third on a single from Jayson Nix. Brett Gardner hit a slow grounder to second and Ichiro scored to tie the game.

Cano led off the ninth with a single to left off David Price. Price was relieved by Fernando Rodney and struck out Vernon Wells but Cano was running on the pitch and stole second. Travis Hafner pinch hit and was intentionally walked. Lyle Overbay walked to load the bases and then Stewart fouled out to first for the second out. Ichiro lined the first pitch to center to score two runs and give the Yankees the lead at 4-2.

Rivera entered in the ninth and on the first pitch Evan Longoria took him deep to left to cut the deficit to one run at 4-3. Rivera then got tough and got Matt Joyce to ground to first as he covered for the first out. Yunel Escobar flew out to right for the 2nd out and then James Loney lined out to left to end the game.

For Rivera he is 0-0 on the season with 6 saves in 6 save opportunities. For his career, Rivera now has 614 saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.57 with the run given up.
Posted by: David
Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant for 7 1/3 innings, not allowing a run. David Robertson was not sharp and gave up an RBI single to Rajai Davis and a two run single to Melky Cabreara which tied the game at 3.

Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and Shawn Kelley got through the ninth and tenth innings and the Yankees rallied in the top of the 11th aided by a huge throwing error from Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup. Veron Wells led off with a single to right center and Francisco Cervelli grounded a single through the shortstop hole to runners on first and second with none out. Ichiro bunted and the ball was fielded by Loup but third basemen Brett Lawrie could not get back to the bag and the through went into left field allowing both runners to score and give the Yankees the lead at 5-3.

Rivera entered in the 11th and Jose Bautista doubled hard to the wall in left. Edwin Encarnacion lined hard to right but Ichiro was there for the first out. The Sandman then closed the door and he struck out J.P. Arencibia on a swinging third strike and then got Brett Lawrie looking on the third pitch to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 5 saves in 5 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.50.
Posted by: David
It looked like this would fall into the "L" column for the Bombers as Diamondback starter Wade Miley was dominant into the seventh inning. Sabathia surrendered two in the first on a home run by Goldschmidt as it took CC 31 pitches to complete the inning.

In the fifth Arizona extended the lead to 3-0 on a triple and sacrifice fly. Miley was sailing into the seventh as he attacked Yankee hitters all night and had only given up two hits.

In the seventh Francisco singled and that was followed by a bloop double off the bat of Brennan Boesch. Nunez battled for a walk to load the bases and Jayson Nix also walked to force in a run and get the Yankees to within two at 3-1. The bases were loaded with two outs and Brett Gardner was due. Kirk Gibson decided to change pitchers and Tony Sipp entered. Gardner got ahead in the count and lined a single over the head of shortstop and the Yankees had battled back to tie the score at 3. Vernon Wells grounded out to end the inning.

Sabathia stayed on for the eighth and retired Arizona easily. Rivera began warming and was coming in whether the Yankees scored or not. The first two batters were retired easily for the Yankees and that left it up to pinch hitter Travis Hafner. Hafner took the first pitch from David Hernandez and crushed it over the right field fence to give the Yankees the lead at 4-3.

Rivera entered and fell behind Cody Ross 3-0 before he flew out to right for the first out. Eric Chavez pinch hit and grounded out to short. Parra battled and just like last night grounded to Cano at second to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 4th of the season in 4 save opportunities and the 612th of his career. His 2012 season ERA now stands at 1.80.
Posted by: David
Ivan Nova struggled over five innings but only surrendered 2 runs on seven hits and two walks. However, Brandon McCarthy of Arizona struggled as well. He left early as his pitch count got to the 100 mark. Robinson Cano hit a three run homer off of him in the fourth to give the Yankees the lead to stay.

Nova was relieved by Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson and then Mariano Rivera. The bullpen pitched four innings and did not allow a run.

Rivera faced A.J. Pollock to start the inning and Pollock battled but Mo struck him out swinging on the eighth pitch of the AB. Cliff Pennington fouled out to Overbay for the second out and then Parra hit the first pitch and grounded to Cano to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 3rd in 3 save opportunities and the 611th of his career. His record is 0-0 and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.25.
Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom reports that, according to one of the Yankees top executives, the team will retire Mariano Rivera's #42 after this season.

I realize that this is not at all news. Even if the Yankees didn't do it, which they obviously will, Major League Baseball will no longer allow another player to wear the number. At any rate, let's no get ahead of ourselves. We still have most of a season of Mr. Rivera to enjoy.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered in the ninth after CC Sabathia pitched great on a very cold night in the Bronx. He faced Adam Jones first and he flew out to left for the first out. Matt Wieters lined to center before Chris Davis got a single. JJ Hardy then flew out to right to end the game.

It was the 2nd save of the season for Rivera and 610th of his career. His 2012 season ERA now stands at 3.00
Posted by: Patrick
According to a post on the Yankees Facebook page, a fan named Paul Sorber has played air guitar every time that Mariano Rivera has entered a game (presumably home games, right?) since 1999.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera and Mariano Rivera, Jr. are featured on the cover of today's New York Daily News, which you can check out below and should be able to purchase online. The accompanying story is on their website.

Mariano Rivera and Mariano Rivera, Jr. on the Cover of the New York Daily News (April 12, 2013)

Thank you to nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: Patrick
Prior to Sunday's game between the Yankees and Tigers, Detroit presented Mariano Rivera with a gift, a plaque featuring pictures of Rivera pitching at both Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park, with bottles of dirty from each stadium's pitching mound.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland appeared on field with Rivera to introduce a video tribute before giving the Yankees closer the plaque.

"I've gone on record as saying that I think he's the best of all time," Leyland said, according to James Schmehl. "I'm not looking for arguments with people to compare guys. I know in my time that he's been the best that I've seen."
Posted by: Patrick
In collecting his first save of 2013, Mariano Rivera also tied a record held by John Franco: 18 consecutive seasons with at least one save.
Posted by: David
Andy Pettitte was fantastic for eight innings on Thursday night in the Bronx. He threw 94 pitches and only gave up one run on eight hits. He was helped by three double plays and strong defense.

The Yankees got there first lead in a game this season as Lyle Overbay looped a single to left center to score two runs. Later in the game Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli added home runs.

Dustin Pedroia led off the ninth for the Red Sox and worked a walk. Mike Napoli flew to right for the first out. Jonny Gomes grounded a double down the third base line just keeping the ball fair. With runners on second and third Will Middlebrooks grounded weakly to Overbay at first with Mo covering and that was the second out. Pedroia scored on the play to make the score 4-2. Rookie Jackie Bradley, Jr. was the potential tying run, but Mo struck him out on three pitches, the last one called on the outside corner to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his first of the season and 609th of his career. It was also the 69th time that Rivera saved a game for Andy Pettitte. That combination is the all time leader ahead of Dennis Eckersley for Bob Welch.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with one save and with giving up the run his ERA now stands at 9.00 on the season.
Posted by: Patrick
On April 4, 2004, MarianoRivera.com launched. Today, we turn 9 years old. This also happens to be Mariano Rivera's final season. It has been an interesting run, covering the final 9 seasons of Mr. Rivera's career.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported our website and the existence of it. Thank you to our regular readers and subscribers, including Moises Young-Diaz, John Lewis-Moore and others. Thank you to David Williams who has written with me here for many years for his dedication to recapping Mr. Rivera's performances. There are a lot of people who have supported this site in various ways and I am thankful.

I look forward to seeing what Mr. Rivera's final season has in store for us.
Posted by: Patrick
Prior to today's opening day loss to the Red Sox, Mariano Rivera shagged fly balls in the outfield. It was during this activity last year that he injured his knee, ending his season.

"I was waiting for that one," he said. "Yes, I did. It felt good. I didn't go full strength, but I will at some point. It feels good. I will continue doing it, like I said. I won't change anything. It happened, and you just have to move on."