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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera earned his 33rd consecutive save of the 2009 season on Monday night as the Yankees beat the Orioles 5-1 in the series opener.

The night belonged to Andy Pettitte who was perfect until two outs in the seventh inning when Jerry Hairston, Jr. let a hard ground ball slip through his legs for an error. The no hitter was gone right after that as Nick Markakis singled down the third base line. Pettitte retired the next batter and got though the eighth by only surrendering one run on a home run to Melvin Mora.

Brian Bruney started the ninth but could only get one out and let two runners reach base. With the game in a save situation, Girardi summoned the Sandman and he made quick work of the Orioles.

He got Nick Markakis to swing at a cutter and he looped the ball to short right with Robinson Cano making a running over the shoulder catch for the second out. Nolan Reimold was next and Mo caught him looking to end the game. Reimold had a home run earlier in the season vs. Rivera.

The save for Rivera is his 37th on the season and 519th of his career. His 2009 season ERA now stands at 1.81.
Posted by: David
CC Sabathia was coasting until the seventh when he tired a bit and gave up two runs to tie the score. The Yankees got two runs early on home runs from Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon and Sabathia and Buehrle dueled back and forth.

CC left after seven and gave way to Phil Hughes who was simply awesome. He faced Jim Thome, Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye and struck all of them out swinging.

Rivera entered in the ninth and got Carlos Quentin on a grounder to third for the first out. Alex Rios popped out to first and Alexi Ramirez was caught looking to end the inning. With the effort Rivera lowered his ERA to 1.83.

In the tenth, after two were out, the Yankees worked walks by Matsui and Swisher and left it up to Cano. He delivered with a three run walk off homer to win for the Yankees 5-2.
Posted by: David
It wasn't a save situation but Joe Girardi was not going to take any chances and summoned Mo to close the door on Boston.

Mo did just that. He walked pinch hitter J.D. Drew on four pitches to start the inning and Drew then took second on defensive indifference. No sweat for the Sandman! Jason Varitek was caught looking at a backdoor cutter for the first out. Pinch hitter Casey Kotchman grounded to Texeira at first for the second out and then Jacoby Ellsbury struck out swinging on a devastating cutter to end the game.

For Rivera, he is 1-2 on the season with 36 saves in 37 save opportunities and has 518 saves on his career. His 2009 season ERA now stands at 1.87.

The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Derek Jeter hit the first pitch of the game from Josh Beckett for a home run. Matsui followed later with the first of his two home runs on the night to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Red Sox were able to score two runs due to some shoddy fielding from Robinson Cano who had two errors on the night. The Yankees came right back with two on an RBI hit from Mark Texeira and a RBI ground out from A-Rod. Cano hit a home run to extend the lead to 5-2 as the Yankees roughed up Josh Beckett.

Cano dropped a pop up which allowed Jason Bay to score but A-Rod lined a two run home run over the Green Monster to extend the lead to 7-3. The Red Sox would scratch for another as Sabathia was done after 6 2/3 innings. Phil Hughes relieved and got Pedroia to line to right to end the seventh. Hughes continued in the eighth and gave up a single to Victor Martinez but then got Youkilis on a deep drive to center, struck out Jason Bay and ended the eighth without any runs scoring.

Matsui hit his second home run of the night to extend the lead to 8-4 . The win extends the Yankees lead to 7 1/2 games over Boston and reduces the Red Sox Wild Card lead to only one game over Texas.

The Yankees completed the road trip at 7-3 and after a day off on Monday return home to face the Texas Rangers starting on Tuesday night with Joba on the mound.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera barely broke a sweat as he made quick work of the Oakland A's in the bottom of the ninth to preserve a 3-2 win as the Yankees concluded the West Coast part of their current road trip.

Chad Gaudin started and walked five and struck out five but didn't give up any runs. Aceves pitched two and a third and surrendered two runs. Phil Coke got one out, Phil Hughes pitched a scoreless eighth inning and then handed it over to the Sandman.

Rivera faced Adam Kennedy to start the inning and got him to pop up to third for the first out. Rajai Davis then grounded to short and Mark Ellis flew out to right to end the game.

Rivera is 1-2 on the season with 36 saves in 37 save opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 1.90.

After a travel day on Thursday the Yankees conclude their road trip with a three game series at Fenway Park vs. the Boston Red Sox starting on Friday night.
Posted by: Patrick
Steve Serby of the Post has his Sunday Q&A with Mariano Rivera this week.

Q: The last time you were nervous away from the mound?

A: That's not for you to know.

Ha.
Posted by: David
The Yankees won their fifth straight game and third in a row over the Seattle Mariners with a 5-2 win on Saturday night in Seattle.

The Yankees scored four runs early with the benefit of a Nick Swisher two run homer and some shoddy fielding by the Mariners. Mitre and the bullpen held tough and eventually handed the game over to the Sandman. David Robertson came in during the seventh inning with two runners on and was able to strike out two batters to end the inning. Phil Coke followed him and had the strike out pitch working also.

Derek Jeter hit a home run in the top of the ninth to extend the Yankees lead to 5-2 and maintain a save situation for Mo.

In the ninth Josh Wilson led off and struck out swinging. Ryan Langerhans worked a rare walk from Mo and Ichiro followed with a hard single to right on an 0-1 pitch. Franklin Gutierrez was the potential tying run and struck out swinging and Jose Lopez hit the first pitch to right to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 35th of the season in 36 save opportunities and the 517th of his career. It is also his 31st consecutive save on the season which is the highest current MLB streak. His season ERA now stands at 1.94.

With the win and a Red Sox loss the Yankees now have increased their lead in the AL East to 7 1/2 games.
Posted by: Patrick
Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger asked Mariano Rivera about the elbow surgery that he had back in 1992 - an operation that some had thought was Tommy John surgery.

But, that was not the case, according to Rivera. Apparently, they had expected it to required, but once they got in and looked at the ligament, they didn't need to replace it. Instead, Rivera says, they "moved" it.

Via Ben Kabak.
Posted by: David
Ryan Rowland-Smith and Andy Pettitte battled for seven innings to a 2-2 tie. Phil Hughes walked two but got a key strike out to end the eighth. Tex led off the top of the ninth with a home run and the Yankees added an insurance run to give the Sandman a two run lead.

In the bottom of the ninth Mo was very workmanlike and pitched a perfect inning to garner his 34th save of the season and 30th consecutive. He retired Rob Johnson on a grounder to short, Josh Wilson on a grounder to third and ended the game by getting Michael Saunders to ground to second.

The Yankees remained 6 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox with the win. The Texas Rangers only needed one strike to secure a run but Boston rallied for six runs to win the game 8-4.

Rivera is 1-2 on the season with 34 saves in 35 save opportunities. His season ERA was lowered to 1.98.
Posted by: Patrick
After some shoulder discomfort, Mariano Rivera was available on Thursday night, reports Mark Feinsand of the Daily News. But, he wasn't needed as the offense scored 11 runs and CC Sabathia pitched 8 innings and 3 hit, 1 run ball.
Posted by: Patrick
Bill Madden of the Daily News reports that Mariano Rivera was held out of last night's action due to a sore shoulder.

Girardi doesn't seem concerned, according to the report, and Mariano shared a similar sentiment. An earlier report by Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger said that Mariano did not travel with the team to Seattle, due to "personal reasons."

Girardi expects Mo to be available tonight. "I'd be shocked if he's not ready tomorrow," he said. Whatever it is, we hope it's nothing serious.

Via Steve Lombardi and Ben Kabak.
Posted by: Patrick
Back in May, the Yankees held their first Kangaroo court session since 1995. The judge? None other than Mariano Rivera.

On Tuesday, they held their second one of the season, reports Josh Thomson of The Journal News. There aren't many details included and Mo declined to name names, saying there were many. "Even the judge got fined," he admitted. Ha.
Posted by: David
It looked like deja vu all over again as Monday night's one run loss was almost repeated. The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Scott Richmond in the first but Joba gave it back in the third. He got wild and then on a 3-1 count to Lyle Overbay he threw a cookie and Overbay responded with a bases clearing three run double to tie the score. Rookie Ruiz hit a home run off the foul pole in right to give the Jays the lead at 4-3.

Richmond hung tough and then Accardo followed with a tough seventh inning. The Yankees bullpen was also great with Afredo Aceves, Phil Coke and David Robertson combining for two scoreless innings.

In the eighth with the Yankees trailing by a run Hideki Matsui led off with a monster deep into the right field seats to tie the score. Posada followed with a disputed home run but after review the call was upheld and the Bombers had the lead at 5-4. They would add two more runs on RBI's from Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon to extend the lead to 7-4.

In the ninth Mo got Ruiz to line softly to Cano at second for the first out. Edwin Encarnacion took a cutter that didn't cut and launched it into Monument Park to cut the lead to two runs at 7-5. Rod Barajas followed with a single to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Mo then turned out the lights. He got Inglett looking for the second out and got Marco Scutaro swinging to end the game. Scutaro had a walk off home run against Mo on April 15, 2007 to win a game for the Oakland A's.

For Rivera it is his 33rd save in 34 save opportunities and the 515th of his career. With the run he gave up his season ERA now stands at 2.02. The run was the first surrendered by Rivera since June 12th. The save was Mo's 29th consecutive of the season.
Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com's Tom Singer reports that Mariano Rivera was named Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for the month of July.

In 12 appearances, he collected 10 saves in 11 and 2/3 innings pitched. He only allowed 3 hits and 2 walks. Congrats to Mo.
Posted by: David
The game looked like a repeat of Friday night with each pitcher putting up goose eggs on the scoreboard. Jon Lester and Andy Pettitte were both great all night.

In the seventh Lester tired just a bit and got a pitch down to A-Rod which he hit for his 21st home run of the season and 574th of his career to surpass Harmon Killebrew for ninth place on the all time home run list.

The Red Sox finally scored after 31 innings with Victor Martinez going deep off of Phil Coke with Dustin Pedroia aboard to give Boston the lead at 2-1.

Fireballer Daniel Bard came in for the bottom of the eighth and got two quick outs. Bard got a pitch too low to Damon and he deposited into the bullpen to tie the score at two. On the next pitch Bard went to his curve ball and hung one to Texeiera who crushed the ball into the second deck in right to give the Yankees the lead. The Yankees kept hitting and Nick Swisher got a key two out two run single to give the Yankees insurance and extend the lead to 5-2.

Enter Sandman! Mo was a little bit off and J.D. Drew hit a sharp single to right to lead off the inning. Mike Lowell hit a deep fly ball to right for the first out. Jason Varitek battled and eventually struck out on an inside cutter for the second out. David Ortiz then pinch hit and worked a walk to bring the potential tying run to the plate in the name of Jacoby Ellsbury. Mo simply overmatched him and broke his bat resulting in a weak ground out to first to end the game.

With the sweep the Yankees now enjoy a 6 1/2 game lead over Boston. The save is the 32nd for Mo which leads MLB and the 514th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.87.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera's scoreless ninth inning seemed like an after thought when A-Rod finally connected in the bottom of the 15th inning with Derek Jeter on 1st to propel the Yankees to a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.

The game was touted as a pitcher's duel between Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett and certainly lived up to the billing. Beckett pitched seven scoreless innings and Burnett pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and surrendered only one hit.

The bullpens took over. Phil Hughes got one out as he induced a fly ball to left off the bat of reigning MVP Dustin Pedroia to end the eighth.

Rivera was summoned in the ninth and struck out Victor Martinez swinging and Kevin Youkilis looking. David Ortiz singled to right on a cutter that was left out over the plate. J.D. Drew hit a hump back liner to third for the final out of the ninth.

The bullpens were great for the next six innings with each team threatening but both teams coming up with great pitching and great defense to extend the game further. J.D. Drew made a great leaping game saving catch to rob Eric Hinske. Robinson Cano was positioned perfectly all night long to rob David Ortiz of several hits.

In the 15th Jeter led off with a single but Damon popped out in a failed sacrifice bunt attempt. Teixeira struck out on a high fast ball and it was left up to A-Rod. On a 2-1 pitch Junichi Tazawa hung a slider and Alex crushed it for a game winning two run home run.

As for Rivera his season ERA now stands at 1.91.
Posted by: David
Mo entered in the eighth with two on and a three run lead and proceeded to give up a two run double to Vernon Wells. The liner from Wells just eluded Johnny Damon and the score was within a run at 4-3. He retired the next batter to end the inning.

In the ninth Mo gave up two hits and was 2-0 on Aaron Hill when he popped out of center field to end the game. The win coupled with a Red Sox loss increased the Yankee lead in the AL East to 1 1/2 games. Rivera's ERA for the 2009 season was lowered to 1.96.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera earned his 30th save of the 2009 season and joined three other pitchers in history for having at least 30 saves in seven consecutive seasons. Trevor Hoffman has had eight and Rob Nen and Troy Percival have acheived seven straight seasons.

CC Sabathia grinded all day. The Yankees jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but CC gave it back quickly when Jermaine Dye took a high outside pitch over the right field fence for a two run homer. Jim Thome was the next batter and also hit a home run to put the White Sox ahead at 4-3. The Yankees came right back with two runs and then added two more to extend the lead to 7-4.

Sabathia was cruising until the eighth when he was pulled after giving up a lead off double. Phil Hughes entered and got two outs with a walk in between and Mo was summoned.

Rivera faced Carlos Quentin to start the inning and he singled to right on the first pitch to score a run and pull the Chisox to within two at 7-5. Mo then toughened and struck out Getz looking to end the eighth.

The Yankees added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Melky Cabrera led off with a triple to hit for the cycle. He was the first Yankee since 1995 to accomplish this feat when Tony Fernandez did it on September 3rd of that year. Derek Jeter scored him on a clutch two out hit and run single.

In the ninth Rivera faced Jayson Nix to start the inning and got him on a grounder to second for the first out. A.J. Pierzynski pinch hit and walked on four pitches. Scott Podsednik hit into a force place for the second out and then took second on defensive indifference. Gordon Beckhan then grounded hard to first to end the game.

For Rivera it is his 512th career save and his ERA now stands at 2.01 on the season.