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Posted by: David
Eric Chavez belted a two run home run early to give the Yankees the lead over Jason Hamel and the Orioles and Kuroda made it hold up for seven innings. Kuroda held the lead in the seventh when on a potential wild pitch he rushed to the plate and tagged out the runner at home to preserve the lead.

David Robertson struck out the side in the eighth and Mo entered for the ninth.

Rivera made easy work of Nolan Reimold as he shattered his bat of the second pitch of the AB and he grounded out weakly to Cano at second. J.J. Hardy lined a single to right center on a pitch that Mo left up and outside. Nick Markakis hit the ball hard to the left side but Jeter made a back hand grab and turned it into a 6-4-3 game ending double play.

For Rivera the save was his 5th of the season in 6 save opportunities. His record is 1-1 and his 2012 season ERA now stands at 2.16.
Posted by: David
It looked like the game would be a pitcher's duel with the reigning CY Young and AL MVP, Justin Verlander facing the Yankees Ivan Nova who is off to a 3-0 start. However, both pitchers struggled for most of the night. Nova was able to battle early when Ibanez botched a fly ball in left. The play resulted in one run scoring and a runner on third with none out. Nova pitched out of it.

However, later in the game the Tigers sluggers got to him. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder both had RBI singles to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. A-Rod would pull the Yankees to within a run at 3-2 on an opposite field home run. Russell Martin would temporarily give the Yankees the lead with a two run home run.

Nova was hit hard in the sixth and surrendered the lead as the Tigers hit him hard and he left after 5.1 innings losing 6-4. Austin Jackson hit a two run double and Prince Fielder would get an RBI single to left off of Boone Logan.

The Yankees would scratch back for a run to make it 6-5 and then tied it in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Mark Teixeira.

Rivera pitched the top of the ninth with the score tied at 6 and pitched a perfect inning. He got Avila on a broken bat grounder back to the mound, he struck out Jhonny Peralta looking and Santiago blooped a infield bouncer to short and Jeter threw him out to end the inning.

In the ninth Jeter walked, and when Curtis Granderson walked on a wild pitch that allowed Jeter to get to third base. A-Rod had the chance to be a hero against Villareal and the Tiger fireballer threw a ball in the dirt which went for a passed ball allowing Jeter to score the winning run just ahead of the throw to the plate.

Rivera is now 1-1 on the season with 4 saves in 5 save opportunities and his 2012 season ERA now stands at 2.45.
Posted by: David
Derek Jeter had four hits, A-Rod hit a three run home run and Curtis Granderson led off the scoring with a two run single in the first with two outs. Derek Holland is now 0-5 against the Yankees in his career.

Sabathia went 8 innings and allowed four runs to the high powered Texas Rangers offense.

Rivera faced Nelson Cruz to start the inning and on the sixth pitch of the AB Cruz lined to deep right which Swisher went back and caught in front of the wall for the first out of the inning. Torrealba flew out to center for the second out and then Mitch Moreland pinch hit for Snyder. Snyder worked the count to 3-1 but grounded out to Teixeira at first with Mo covering to end the game.

Rivera is 0-1 on the season with 4 saves in 5 save opportunities and his 2012 season ERA now stands at 2.84
Posted by: Patrick
For this week's "Sunday Conversation" on ESPN, Buster Olney spoke with Mariano Rivera about his cut fastball, his entrance music, his legacy and more.

Thanks nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: David
It was vintage Mo in the ninth. He only needed seven pitches to retire pesky Jamey Carroll, three time batting champion Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham who has hit safely in every game so far this season.

The game was really an audition for Phil Hughes to stay in the rotation. He did not start off well as Eduardo Nunez made a throwing error allowing Joe Mauer to reach and eventually led to a four run inning.

The Yankees came back with Granderson hitting the first of three home runs and Mark Teixeira jacking a two run shot to pull the Yankees within a run at 4-3. Granderson's second and third home runs of the evening game the Yankees a three run lead at 7-6. Phil Hughes gave back two runs on a home run to Ryan Doumit and that would end the scoring on the night.

Hughes would leave after 5 1/3 and the bullpen was stellar again. Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera closed the door on the Twins allowing the Yankees to gain a split of the four game series.

In the ninth Rivera got Jamey Carroll to bounce back to the mound for the first out. He jammed Joe Mauer on a great cutter which shattered the bat and the ball dribbled to Nunez at second for the second out. Josh Willingham was the last hope and Mo popped him up to Russell Martin to end the game.

Rivera is 0-1 on the season with 3 saves in 4 save opportunities and his season ERA now stands at 4.15.
Posted by: David
Nick Swisher hit a two run home run off of Kevin Gregg in the 10th inning to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead and set up Mariano Rivera for his 2nd save of the season.
Rivera got the job done! He appeared in all three games of the series vs. the Orioles and earned his second consecutive save and 605th of his career.

The Yankees got ahead early when Curtis Granderson launched a two run home run off of Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta. CC Sabathia could not hold the lead but gutted out six innings since the Yankees had a depleted bullpen. CC was his own worst enemy when he tried to field a bouncer up the middle with his bare hand and it fell for an infield single. The ball would probably have been an easy double play. Andino would follow with a two run single and CC had a 38 pitch inning.

The Yankees would get the lead for a while but CC would give it back as Mark Reynolds hit a two run double to give the O's the lead at 4-3. Granderson would tie the score with a clutch single to left to score Russell Martin.

The Yankee bullpen was great again. Boone Logan and Rafael Soriano relieved CC and set up Rivera for the save. Soriano struck out Adam Jones in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded to extend the game into extra innings.

Swisher hit the home run ahead of a bloop double from Mark Teixeira.

Rivera struck out Matt Wieters and Mark Reynolds grounded to third for the second out. Paulino lined a single to center but Wilson Betemit popped up to short to end the game. Rivera is 0-1 on the season with 2 saves in 3 save opportunities and his 2012 season ERA now stands at 5.40.

The Yankees will have their home opener on Friday afternoon in the Bronx against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Posted by: David
It looked like Baltimore would crush the Yankees early as Freddy Garcia surrendered four runs in less than five innings and also threw five wild pitches. Jeter started the game off with a home run and Swisher followed with a double but then the Yankee offense sputtered for the rest of the game.

Chen the young Taiwanese pitcher for the Orioles was making his major league debut and had the Yankees off balance until the 6th. The Yankees tied the game with some help from a huge error from Mark Reynolds and a clutch RBI single from Brett Gardner.

The Yankees had a chance to tie the game in the next inning. Swisher was hit by a pitch and Cano followed with a double down the left field line. Thomson sent Cano and he was thrown out at the plate. With no outs, it certainly was a questionable call.

The Yankee bullpen took over the rest of the game. David Phelps, Boone Logan, David Robertson, Cory Wade, Clay Rapada and Mariano Rivera threw 7 and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Raul Ibanez had the key hit off of Pedro Strop. Buck Showalter elected to walk Curtis Granderson and pitch to Ibanez with two outs and runners on first and third in the top of the 12th inning. Ibanez delivered an RBI double which bounced into the stands in right to score the go ahead run.

Rivera entered and faced Endy Chavez to start off the inning. Chavez battled until the 9th pitch when he was caught looking for the first out. J.J. Hardy popped up to Cano and it was left up to Nick Markakis. He was 6 for 17 off of Rivera entering the AB. Rivera caught him looking to end the game and earn his 1st save of the season and 604th of his career.

He is 0-1 on the season with 1 save in 2 save opportunities and his 2012 season ERA now stands at 7.72.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera rebounded with a scoreless inning to help the Yankees get their first win of the 2012 season. Ivan Nova went seven strong innings. He gave up 10 hits but did not walk a batter. Derek Jeter had four hits, with an RBI and a run scored.

Nova was followed by David Robertson with a scoreless inning on his birthday and he gave way to Mo for the ninth.

Rivera got Chris Davis on a wind blown pop up to third for the first out. Robert Andino doubled over the head of Nick Swisher after Mo fell behind him 3-0. Nolan Reimold struck out swinging and J.J. Hardy lined out hard to left to end the game.

Rivera is 0-1 on the early season with 0 saves, 1 blown save and has lowered his rather bloated ERA to 13.50.
Posted by: Patrick
The regular season got started for the Yankees on Friday, against the Rays in Tampa Bay. Unfortunately, it ended in defeat with Mariano Rivera blowing a save.

Going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees were up, 6-5. That was the score when CC Sabathia exited the game after 6 innings. From there, Rafael Soriano and David Robertson had each thrown a scoreless frame to keep the Yankees ahead.

Mo went against the top of the order and the Rays quickly tied the game. Desmond Jennings singled and Ben Zobrist tripled to bring him around. The Yankees then elected to intentionally walk by Evan Longoria and Luke Scott, to load the bases and create a force play at the plate.

Rivera brought the double play ball within reach by striking out Sean Rodriguez. The next batter was Carlos Pena and, unfortunately, he singled to center, ending the game in walk-off fashion.

"My fault," Rivera said after the game "I felt good. I don't make excuses. I just left the ball up."

Offensively, Raul Ibanez led the Yankees with a home run and 4 RBIs. Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner all had 2 hits a piece.

Rivera takes the first loss of the season and, because he only threw 1/3 of an inning, his ERA is 54.00. The Yankees play the Rays again, tonight at 7:10 PM ET, as Hiroki Kuroda makes his New York debut against David Price.
Posted by: Patrick
Gotham Magazine has a great interview with Mariano Rivera, conducted by actor Richard Gere.

He discusses the early stages of his career, the loss of George Steinbrenner, how he deals with losses on the field and more.

RG: Iíve watched you pitch many, many times, and as everyone knows, 99 percent of the time you succeed, but one percent of the time you donít. The way you deal with the blown save is the difference between you and most players. The mental strength that you have to let it go, to keep your mind clean, and start fresh every timeóhow are you able to do that?

MR: I learned early in my life that sometimes Iím going to lose. I donít like it, but I accept it, meaning that I understand itís going to happen. But I donít see it like defeat; I see it like a learning process. Then if thereís nothing to learn, I move on. Iím going to give you a good example. Itís a big one, but itís good. Itís the World Series, 2001, Game 7. We were winning by one run in the ninth inning against Arizona. Iím going out for my second inning, and we lost the game. I was sitting there in my locker and I wouldnít say I was devastated, but I was hurt. But I accepted it. I remember that Mr. George Steinbrenner was there, and I looked into his eyes and said, ďBoss, I did my best; my best wasnít enough today.Ē And he just hugged me and he said, ďYouíre okay, son.Ē

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Posted by: Patrick
8 years ago today, MarianoRivera.com launched.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank David Williams, who writes with me here and has been an important part of the site for so long.

I'd also like to thank all of our loyal readers. Among those that comment, this includes Moises Young-Diaz, John Lewis-Moore, Sanghyun Choo and more. But, I know, beyond that, there are more that don't comment and we appreciate all of your support.

Whether this ends up being Mo's final year, or just another year in his long career, hopefully it is a successful one for Mr. Rivera and the Yankees. As always, we'll be covering what he does here at MarianoRivera.com.

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely,

Patrick