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Posted by: David
CC Sabathia gave up the lead after Alfonso Soriano hit a two run home run. He was sharp through the first three innings, even though he gave up an RBI single to Chris Davis early. Danny Valencia hit a t wo run home run to give Baltimore the lead at 3-2 and they would add another run on a Machado RBI single to make the score 4-2 in the Orioles favor.

The Yankees would erupt for a five run inning in the middle of the game with Granderson leading off with a double, followed by a double from Mark Reynolds and then a two run home run from Ichiro Suzuki to give the Yankees the lead at 5-4. The Yankees would scratch until Cano got up and he came through with a big two RBI single to give the Yankees a 7-4 lead. A-Rod would add an RBI single later to give the Yankees their last run.

The Yankee bullpen was great. Three and two thirds innings of scoreless relief from Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan, David Robertson and then Mariano Rivera.

Rivera entered with the Yankees leading 8 to 5 in the top of the ninth. Brian Roberts pinch hit and battled to a 3-2 count before grounding out to third for the first out. Matt Wieters would also pinch hit and popped up to Cano at second and Nate McLouth flew out to left to end the game.

Rivera has converted 39 of 44 saves opportunities on the season. He now has 647 career saves including the 77th tonight against Baltimore, more than any other team for his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.16.
Posted by: David
The Yankees had an early 2-1 lead but that man did it to us again. Evan Longoria hit his third home run of the series and fifth of the season vs. the Yankees to tie the score at 2. Ivan Nova was helped with key strikeouts and 3 double plays the most important in the first inning with the bases loaded. Mark Reynolds fielded a grounder and came home for the force and Chris Stewart threw to first for an inning ending double play. That limited the scoring to one run. The Yankees would both tie the game and take the lead on hits from Robinson Cano. Chris Stewart also threw out two runners attempting to steal second.

The first hit was a single and the second a home run which gave the Yankees the lead until Longoria hit his bomb.

Both teams would use their bullpens. The Yankees went to Shawn and David Robertson. The Rays used Jake McGee. Peralta and others and the game was still tied going to the ninth. Since the Rays were at home they went to their closer Fernando Rodney and he was able to get the Yankees out with them taking the lead. David Robertson pitched two innings and the game then went to extra innings.

Joba Chamberlain pitched a third of an inning in the 10th but walked the winning run. Boone Logan entered and induced a double play to end the inning.

In the 11th Cano led off and flew out deep to left field. Alfonso Soriano laced a double down the left field line and then stole third base on the first pitch. Curtis Granderson was able to fly out deep to right center and Soriano scored giving the Yankees the lead at 3-2.

In the bottom of the 11th Rivera faced Ben Zobrist to lead off. He swung at the first pitch and Cano ranged far to his right and his throw just beat Zobrist for the first out. Evan Longoria flew out deep to the warning track in left for the second out with Granderson making a nice running catch. Matt Joyce would then fly out foul to left with Granderson catching the ball near the bullpen mound to end the game.

For Rivera the save was his 38th of the season in 43 save opportunities and the 646th of his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.20.

The Yankees now head to Toronto where Derek Jeter is scheduled to rejoin the team and start at shortstop tomorrow night.
Posted by: Patrick
Sam Strong and Bryan Hoch reports that the Rays presented Mariano Rivera with a sand sculpture and a check for $3,150 ($50 for each save he collected against them). You can check out a picture of the sculpture in the article.
Posted by: Patrick
Paul Grondahl has a great story of Mariano Rivera meeting a disabled fan, Ali Adams, at a fundraiser for his organization.
Posted by: David
R.A. Dickey was great through seven innings and was able to get the first two outs in the eighth. Robinson Cano singled to right and Alfonso Soriano followed with a two run home run to left field as Dickey left a knuckle ball up in the zone.

Adam Warren started and lasted three innings and was relieved by David Huff who pitched five strong innings.

Rivera was used for both games yesterday but did not throw that many pitches and he was summoned by Girardi.

Mo struck out Mark DeRosa swinging for the first out. Rajai Davis doubled down the left field line on the first pitch but then was picked off second by Mariano. The replay looked like he may have gotten the hand back in, but he was called out by the umpire. Mo then proceeded to strike out Edwin Encarnacion looking to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 37th in 42 save opportunities on the season and the 645th of his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.25.
Posted by: David
The Yankees were down 4-0 in the first game this afternoon and fought back to win 8-4. Robinson Cano and Chris Stewart had three run home runs and Mo came in to get the last two outs.

In the nitecap, The Yankees fell behind 1-0 and came back to tie the game at one on an RBI single from Cano. Phil Hughes struggled at times but kept the Yankees in the game. He did surrender the lead and left the game losing 2-1.

Preston Claiborne came in and kept Toronto in check and in the bottom of the 7th Jayson Nix took Buehrle deep to tie the game.

Rivera came in for the ninth and was met by pinch hitter Jose Reyes who got an infield single and Nunez could not field the ball on the short hop. Gose attempted to bunt and then eventually struck out looking for the first out. Pillar flew out to right for the second out and then Kawasaki looped a single to left center to move Reyes into scoring position. Mo then got Rajai Davis to bounce back to the mound to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth Kevin Reynolds worked a walk and Ichiro pinch ran for him. Nunez laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move to second. Ichiro then stole third as Lawrie could not handle the throw. Jayson Nix delivered a single to left to score ichiro and the Yankees won the game 3-2.

Rivera was credited with the win and is now 4-2 on the season. He has converted 36 of 41 save opportunities and his ERA now stands at 2.30.
Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com is honoring Mariano Rivera with 42 Days of Mo, sharing 42 memorable moments from his career. The current moment discusses his first pro season in the Minor Leagues.

Thank you to nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: David
It was another typical night at Fenway Park. As usual A-Rod was right smack in the middle of the controversy. In the second inning A-Rod led off and Ryan Dempster threw the first pitch behind him and the second and third pitches inside. On the 3-0 pitch he drilled A-Rod in the elbow and the umpires warned the pitcher and both dugouts. Joe Girardi came out and went ballistic at home plate umpire Brian O'Nora. Girardi got tossed because Dempster was not ejected in what looked like a deliberate attempt to hit Rodriguez.

The Red Sox took an early 2-0 lead but the Yankees bounced back on an RBI groundout from A-Rod and a sacrifice fly to tie the score. They took the lead for a short time at 3-2 but Sabathia could not hold it and Boston got the lead at 4-3 and in the 5th it got to 6-3 when Sabathia walked in a run.

However, the Yankees struck right back. A-Rod hit a bomb to deep center off of Dempster to pull the Yankees to within two at 6-4 and the Yankees were eventually able to load the bases. Dempster was removed and Brett Gardner greeted Britton with a three run triple to right center to give the Yankees the lead at 7-6.

The Bombers would add two more insurance runs to make it 9-6 and set up Mo to rebound from his last three disastrous appearances.

He got Shane Victorino on a hot bouncer back to the mound for the first out and then retired Dustin Pedroia on a grounder to short. David Ortiz singled up the middle and Jonny Gomes walked to bring the potential tying run to the plate in the name of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Mo got him to line to left to end the game and preserve the 9-6 win for the Yankees.

The save for Rivera was his 36th in 41 save opportunities on the season and the 644th of his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.38.
Posted by: David
We all know that Mariano Rivera is human, but Sunday afternoon in the Bronx he blew his 3rd consecutive save opportunity for the first time in his illustrious career. A-Rod and Soriano homered early to stake the Yankees to a early lead 4-1 lead against Justin Verlander. David Robertson surrendered a big fly to Brayan Pena to make it 4-2 and set up Mo.

This time Mo had to face Miguel Cabrera to start the inning. He got the count to 2-2 but made the same mistake again as he left the cutter up and out over the plate and Cabrera hit it deep into the right field stands to pull the Tigers to within one at 4-3. He jammed Prince Fielder for a pop out to third for the first out. Then Victor Martinez took a cutter than did not cut and hit a bomb to the second deck in right field to tie the game. Don Kelly pinch hit and grounded weakly back to the mound and Perez then flew to right to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth Nunez and pinch hitter Vernon Wells were retired rather easily and it was left up to Brett Gardner against Jose Veras. He did it again in walk off fashion and this time it was a home run deep to right to win the game for the Yankees 5-4.

For Rivera, it is the first time in his career that he has blown three consecutive save opportunities. He did get the win to move his record to 3-2. This was the 5th blown save of the season in 40 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.44.
Posted by: David
Ivan Nova was great for seven innings and allowed only one run in seven innings. David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth and the game was set up for Rivera to close it in the ninth. The Yankees had a 3-1 lead and Mo was looking to rebound.

He got Don Kelly to fly to center for the first out. Austin Jackson doubled to left center for his fourth hit of the game. Torii Hunter grounded hard back to the mound and Rivera made a great stop and held Jackson at second and threw to first for the second out. The dramatic moment was then apparent. Miguel Cabrera, the reigning triple crown winner was up with a chance to tie the game. He hit the first pitch foul and Overbay just missed it as it fell into the Yankee dugout. Mo got him to foul a couple pitches off his knee and legs and then Cabrera worked the count to 2-2. The next pitch got too much of the plate and Cabrera hit it over the center field fence for a two run home run and a tie game. Prince Fielder followed with a double and Victor Martinez was intentionally walked. Mo then retired Andy Dirks on a soft pop up to short to end the inning.

The Yankees could not score in the bottom of the ninth and the Yankees were able to hold Detroit in the top of the 10th. In the bottom of the tenth Jayson Nix walked and Curtis Granderson followed with a single to right. Lyle Overbay struck out but the ball got past the catcher for a wild pitch and both runners moved up. Chris Stewart struck out looking for the second out and the game was left up to Brett Gardner. Brett the Jet delivered single past the diving Cabrera at third and the Yankees had a 4-3 walk off win.

With the blown save Rivera has now converted 35 saves in 39 save opportunities. His record is 2-2 and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.08.
Posted by: Patrick
Scott Gregor of the Daily Herald reports that the White Sox presented Mariano Rivera with a framed scorecard and picture from the closer's first appearance at Comiskey Park, a framed photo from his first game after 9/11 and $4,200 donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation in his name. As has become customary, Rivera met with a group of White Sox fans and employees prior to the game to thank them for their contributions to the game.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees will finish their regular season in Houston, playing the Astros. The team is planning to honor Mariano Rivera and has not revealed any details, except for one: Roger Clemens will be part of the presentation, according to the Houston Chronicle's Ultimate Astros.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees are in San Diego to play in Petco Park for the first time. Which means it is Mariano Rivera's first and last series at the current home of the Padres. Unless the two teams were to meet in the World Series, that is.

The team honored Rivera with a collection of customized bicycles, for Rivera and his family. Trevor Hoffman, the former all-time saves leader, was on hand to present the gifts to him.

"It was a privilege and honor to know him," Rivera said of Hoffman, according to Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego. "To see the way he took care of his business, the way he respected the game. As a closer, that's what you look for. I think he's the perfect man for that."

Watch the ceremony on MLB.com and listen to Hoffman discuss Rivera and his career below.

Posted by: Patrick
The AP reports that the Yankees will honor Mariano Rivera prior to the September 22 game against the San Francisco Giants. More details have yet to be announced. The game will be Rivera's final day time regular season home game at the stadium.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera was honored by the Dodgers on July 31 in Los Angeles, prior to the Yankees playing the Dodgers. Don Mattingly and Magic Johnson were on hand for the festivities, which included the presentation of a $10,000 charitable donation for Rivera's foundation. In addition, a video tribute was shown, introduced by legendary announcer Vin Scully and featuring Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson. NorthJersey.com has the story.

As he has been doing at stadiums around the country, Rivera also met with Dodgers fans and members of the organization.
Posted by: David
The game was billed as a stellar pitching duel between Hiroki Kuroda of the Yankees and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. It turned out to be just that. The two pitchers did not give up any runs.

Kuroda was relieved by Boone Logan and he got out of a jam and kept the Dodgers off the board.

In the ninth the Yankees were able to get to the Dodger bullpen. Bellisario put two runners on base and the Yankees started to pinch hit. Suzuki pinch hit for Wells and was intentionally walked. Rodriguez kept throwing sliders to Overbay and almost struck him out on a 0-2 pitch but the third base umpire said he did not swing on the check and Overbay got a life. He hit the next pitch up the middle for an RBI as Cano scored from second to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Jayson Nix then popped up and Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig got mixed up and the ball fell off of the glove of Ellis and two runners scored and the Yankees had a 3-0 lead.

Rivera entered in the bottom of the ninth and struck out Hanley Ramirez swinging and got Andre Ethier looking for two quick outs. A.J. Ellis was the last hope and he grounded out to second to end the game.

The save for Rivera was his 34th in 36 save opportunities and the 642nd save of his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.60.