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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera pitched another perfect inning on Wednesday night to convert his 22nd save of the season. He entered in the bottom of the eighth with two on and the Yankees clinging to a one run lead. Kevin Youkilis hit a two run homer off of Kyle Farnsworth earlier in the eighth to cut the Yankees lead to one. Mo faced Coco Crisp first and got him to bounce back to the mound to end the threat.

In the ninth, he got Eric Hinske to ground back to the mound and then got Lugo to ground to A-Rod for the second out. The last hope for Boston was Dustin Pedroia with Big Papi looming on deck. Pedroia hit a swinging bunt which Rivera fielded down the third base line and fired to Phillips at first to just nip Pedroia to end the game.

Rivera is 3-4 on the season with 22 saves in 25 save opportunities and his season ERA now stands at 3.24.
Posted by: David
The Yankees needed a strong bullpen performance on Tuesday night at home and they got it. Joba Chamberlain followed Andy Pettitte with a scoreless eighth inning and Mo pitched a perfect ninth to save the game.

Rivera struck out Varitek and Crisp and then got Julio Lugo to line out to Cano at second to end the game. He is 3-4 on the season with 21 saves in 24 save opportunities and his season ERA now stands at 3.32.
Posted by: Patrick
In last night's tough 11 inning loss to the Tigers, Mo pitched a scoreless 10th inning, but not without a little drama. He faced Magglio Ordonez first, allowing a double. After a Carlos Guillen ground out put Ordonez at 3rd with 1 out, Mo issued back to back intentional walks to Ivan Rodriguez and Ryan Raburn to load the bases. Brandon Inge lined out with Andy Phillips making a great play (or so I've read) to prevent any runs from scoring. To end the inning, Cameron Maybin struck out swinging, stranding Magglio. Mo's ERA is now at 3.38.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo entered in the 9th with the Yankees leading, 5-2. The leadoff hitter was Cameron Maybin, who was 2 for 2 on the day coming into the at bat. Mo struck him out with a 95 MPH pitch on 1-2 pitch.

Curtis Granderson was the next hitter and he hit a lazy fly to Melky in center for the second out. Sean Casey was next. He walked on 5 pitches. Ramon Santiago was sent in to pinch run for Casey. Santiago took second on the first pitch to the next batter, Gary Sheffield. Sheff grounded out to A-Rod at 3rd to end the game.

It was a save situation, giving Mo his 20th of the year.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo's hit a rough patch. He was brought in, in the 10th inning, with the score at 3-3 and proceeded to give up 3 runs to the Orioles. That would be the final, 6-3. To start, he allowed a double to Nick Markakis. Then another double to Miguel Tejada that scored Markakis.

After a Kevin Millar ground out for the first out of the inning, Aubrey Huff took Mo deep to make it 6-3. Melvin Mora and Paul Bako had back to back ground outs to end it.

Mo got the loss, bringing his record to 3-4 and his ERA to 3.46. If you are concerned that Mo might be injured, Peter Abraham mentioned that Mo, Torre and Cashman all say that he is healthy. This stuff happens. Hopefully he'll get back on track with his next appearance.
Posted by: Patrick
On a Yankees related note, Yankee legend Phil Rizzuto has passed away. Our thoughts are with those close to him.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera blew his first save since April 20th vs. the Boston Red Sox. He had converted 19 consecutive save opportunities prior to Monday night vs. the Orioles. Melvin Mora led off with a broken bat flare to right center. Ramon Hernandez hit a swinging bunt which Posada fielded and got him at first for the first out. Tike Redman blooped a single to center but Melky Cabrera threw out Mora at the plate to get the second out. Brian Roberts followed with a bloop single in front of Abreu in right. His throw was on time but high and Redman slid under the tag to tie the score.

In the bottom of the ninth, with one out, Cabrera was hit with a pitch and Jason Giambi pinch hit a single down the line in right chasing Melky to third. Derek Jeter then hit a slow grounded just past Chad Bradford. Bradford got a glove on it, slowing it down even more. Roberts fielded the ball but his throw to home was way late and Cabrera scored the winning run.

Rivera is now 3-3 on the season with 19 saves in 22 save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 3.00.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera wasn't his usual automatic self on Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, but he was able to get big outs when he needed them as the Yankees defeated Cleveland 5-3 to sweep the weekend series.

Rivera entered in the eighth with two runners on and two outs. He faced Ryan Garko and got ahead of him but ended up hitting him with a pitch to load the bases. Jhonny Peralta had a tough at bat but grounded hard into a force play to end the inning.

The Yankees added a big insurance run on a Melky single and stolen base and a clutch single from Jeter to score him.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jason Michaels led off with a single and Chris Gomez followed with another single. Franklin Gutierrez then doubled up the alley in left center and Michaels scored to make it 5-3. With runners on second and third and no outs, Rivera then proved why he is the best of all time. He struck out Cabrera and Grady Sizemore and got Casey Blake to fly to right to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his 19th save of the season and 432nd of this career and his season ERA now stands at 2.88.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera needed work and although Friday night wasn't a save situation, Mo entered in the ninth in an attempt to stay sharp.

He faced Victor Martinez first and got him to ground to second on a broken bat for the first out. He then struck out Ryan Garko swinging and got Peralta to line to first to end the game. His season ERA now stands at 2.77.
Posted by: Patrick
Tyler Kepner at the Times has an article on Mariano's continued dominance.

He has taken the mound for the Yankees 242 more times than any other pitcher in the teams history. He is 37 years old, a 13-year veteran who has pitched the equivalent of another season and a half in October.

Yet the annual guessing game about Mariano Rivera finally losing it has become as hackneyed as a joke about airline peanuts. As the Yankees begin a three-game series with the Indians on Friday at Jacobs Field, their most indispensable player is as dominant as ever.

08/08: Finish Him!!

Posted by: Patrick
The guys at noMaas.org note Mo's dominance for most of this season.

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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was simply awesome on Monday afternoon in Toronto as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 5-4.

Rivera struck out Alex Rios and Vernon Wells swinging and got Frank Thomas looking on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. For Rivera the save was his 18th of the season and 431st of his career. His season ERA now stands at 2.83.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered in the eighth inning with the Yankees leading 8-5 and quickly retired pinch hitter Jason Smith on a fly ball to center field to end the inning.

In the ninth, he got David DeJesus to ground back to the mound, Esteban German strike out and Mark Teahen to ground to third to end the game. Rivera is now 2-3 on the season with 17 saves in 19 save opportunities and pitches to an ERA of 2.89.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo pitched a scoreless 9th in the Yankees 7-1 win over the Royals on Saturday night. He retired the side in order by striking out John Buck, getting a fly out from Tony Pena, Jr. and a ground out from Joey Gathright.

It wasn't a save situation, but with that inning, Mo's ERA finally falls back below 3 to 2.98. From April 28 through August 3, he's 1-1 with a 1.40 ERA and 16 saves with 0 blown saves. Fire.
Posted by: Patrick
Hey all,

I have good news. I spoke with a gentleman from SFX Baseball earlier today and he told me that I can continue to operate MarianoRivera.com as I always have! Unfortunately, though, he was not able to tell me that this would always be the case. So, I don't know if this will become an issue, once again, at some point in the future. I expressed this as a serious matter of concern to me and I asked for something in writing and was told that that could probably be done, so hopefully I'll be able to get that to help ease my mind and the security of this site.

I want to make it clear that I don't enjoy airing out situations like this. I did so because I felt it was necessary. The conversation was opened with a threat and, being a good fan site that is 3 and 1/2 years old, I felt that I was treated inappropriately. And that is what I wanted to bring light to. Nothing else. I hope that it's not something I have to do again. I would like to thank SFX for, in the end, allowing us to continue - hopefully, forever. Though I'm not sure if it's possible or not, I would certainly like to have a positive relationship with them moving forward.

So, for now at least, this situation is over and we can continue being the #1 fan site for Mariano Rivera. I'd like to thank everyone that helped and supported us during this situation. That includes Adrian Padill, Franklin Gomez, Lee LeFever, Dave and Aziz Nekoukar, Ben Martin, David Askaripour, Matt Schweber, Whitney Hoffman, Jonathan Bailey and Michael Singer. I'd also like to thank Ron Blum.

Thank you all.
Posted by: Patrick
From Kat O'Brien:

Mariano Rivera reiterated his Monday statement that, We definitely need some help in the bullpen. We definitely do. However, Rivera said it was not his position to say what the Yankees should have done or if they should have traded for Eric Gagne.

Rivera also repeated what his agent, Fernando Cuza, said Tuesday, that he plans to explore free agency. Said Rivera: Im not going to negotiate during the season. Even if the Yankees are interested in an extension, Im not. Thats the last time that Im going to say that.

That does not preclude a return to the Yankees, though. Said Rivera: They will have their shot.