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Posted by: David
CC Sabathia was brilliant through 7.1 innings only surrendering 1 run to the Boston Red Sox. He faced off against Jon Lester and the Boston southpaw was just a little bit off tonight. The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the second with RBI singles from Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki. Mark Teixeira started the inning off with a walk and Vernon Wells got out of his slump with a booming double to the wall in center field. They got another run later in the game on an RBI single from Kevin Youkilis to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Red Sox battled back in the 7th with one run on doubles from Pedroia and Napoli. However, the Yankees bounced right back in the bottom of the 7th with an RBI single from Brett Gardner.

David Robertson relieved CC and finished the eighth with the Yankees still leading at 4-1.

Rivera entered in the 9th and got Gomes to fly to left for the first out. Pedroia singled up the middle and Ortiz bounced a single past Tex at first and the Red Sox would bring the potential tying run to the plate in the name of Mike Napoli. Rivera struck him out on three pitches and then got Stephen Drew on a broken bat bouncer back to the mound to end the game.

Rivera is 0-1 on the season with 19 saves in 20 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.77.

With the win the Yankees pull to within 1 game of Boston for the lead in the AL East Division.

The series continues on Saturday with Felix Doubront for the Red Sox and Phil Hughes for the Yankees.
Posted by: Patrick's Bryan Hoch reports on Mariano Rivera throwing the ceremonial first pitch at yesterday's game against the Mets. Watch a clip below.

Posted by: David
The game was billed as a pitcher's dual and it didn't disappoint as Hiroki Kuroda and Matt Harvey dueled for most of the game. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the sixth. Gardner led off the inning with a single to right and Marlon Byrd bobbled it and Gardner advanced to second. Cano grounded to first with Gardner advancing to third on the play. Vernon Wells popped out but Lyle Overbay lined a high change up through the middle to score Gardner and give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

Kuroda would leave after seven and Robertson pitched a perfect eighth inning. Harvey finished the eighth and was relieved by Scott Rice in the ninth and he was able to hold the Yankees.

The game was set up for Rivera to close it out but he simply couldn't do it. Daniel Murphy looped a double down the left field line which bounced into the stands. David Wright singled up the middle to score Murphy and tie the score at 1. The throw got away from Stewart and Wright advanced to second. Lucas Duda then broke hit bat but was able to muscle the ball to right center and David Wright scored easily to win the game for the Mets 2-1.

It was the first blown save for Rivera for the season and his record is now 0-1. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.86 with only one of the runs he gave up being earned.
Posted by: Patrick's Bryan Hock and Josh Vitale report that, as part of his continued farewell tour, Mariano Rivera met with Mets fans and stadium employees at Citi Field.

The event was held on the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, which a large number 42 just behind where Rivera was sitting. Check out the clip below for the visual.

Posted by: David
On paper today's game looked like a mismatch for the Yankees. The Tampa Bay Rays had there young phenom Matt Moore on the hill vs. recent call up Vidal Nuno for the Yankees. Moore was 8-0 on the season entering today's game.

The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead and the Rays were able to tie it in the middle of the game. The Yankee bullpen faltered in the seventh and Tampa was able to score two runs and hand off the ball to Rays closer Fernando Rodney.

Rodney was able to get the first two outs and then Lyle Overbay walked. Brennan Boesch pinch hit and brought Overbay home on a bloop double down the left field line. Brett Gardner looped a single to center and Boesch just slid under the tag to tie the score.

Ivan Nova came in in the bottom of the 10th and he really made it exciting. The Rays loaded the bases with only one out. Nova got tough and struck out Loney for the second out and got Matt Joyce to ground out to second to end the inning.

Lyle Overbay hit a home run off Lueke in the 11th inning and set up Rivera to close.

Rivera was awesome! He struck out Jose Lobaton swinging. Jayson Nix made a good play on a grounder to short which Adams could not get to and was able to throw out Escobar for the second out. Desmond Jennings was overmatched by Mo and struck out swinging to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 18 saves in 18 save opportunities. He now has 626 career saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.40.
Posted by: David
CC Sabathia could not hold two leads as the Baltimore Orioles battled all night. Robinson Cano hit a first inning home run and recent call up David Adams hit his first major league home run to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Baltimore got one back on a home run from Chris Davis. The home run from Davis was his 13th of the season and he tied Robinson Cano for the AL lead. Nick Markakis grounded a single up the middle in the 5th to tie the game at 2.

Lyle Overbay would give the Yankees a brief lead in the 7th as he homered off the lefty reliever, Troy Patton. However, CC would give it right back as Baltimore rallied for two runs with the go ahead run coming on an RBI double from J.J. Hardy.

In the ninth the Orioles called on their closer Jim Johnson despite him blowing his last 2 save opportunities. He would retire Cano on a 3-2 sinker which induced a ground ball to 2nd for the first out. However, he fell behind Travis Hafner and on a 3-1 pitch Travis homered to left center to tie the game at 4 and give Johnson his 3rd consecutive blown save.

The game would go to extra innings as David Robertson pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth. In the 10th Pedro Strop relieved Johnson and Ichiro greeted him with a scorching double down the right field line. Vernon Wells then doubled to left to give the Yankees the lead at 5-4. Hafner would come up again and lined a single to right to score Wells and give an insurance run and a 6-4 lead.

Rivera entered and Matt Wieters worked the count to 3-2 but then grounded to Overbay unassisted for the first out. Danny Valencia flew out to right and then ex-Yankee Chris Dickerson struck out swinging to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 17 saves in 17 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.47.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera recorded his first save 17 years ago today. Watch the moment below.

Posted by: David
King Felix was mowing down the Yankees without a sweat. However, in the 4th inning there was a play at first in which the first basemen was called for interference as he was blocking the baserunner's path to first base. Hernandez got out of it, but was hit in the leg by Overbay as he was trying to cover first base and seemed to injure his leg or knee, but he remained in the game.

Seattle got an unearned run off Sabathia early and added two more on a home run from former Yankee Raul Ibanez. The Yankees scratched back to make it 3-1 as Overbay doubled high off the wall in right and the ball did not bounce into the stands and the runner from first scored on the play.

In the seventh Eric Wedge went to the bullpen and the Yankees rallied against Charles Furbush with the big hit coming from Robinson Cano as he came threw with a two run double to tie the score at 3. Furbush kept struggling and the Yankees would take the lead on a sacrifice fly from Lyle Overbay.

David Robertson struggled as he walked the leadoff batter in the 8th and then surrendered a single to put two runners on. He would strike out Michael Saunders and then pinch hitter Justin Smoak lined a ball up the middle but Jayson Nix had him played perfectly and he caught the ball and was able to race to the bag to double the runner up and end the inning.

Rivera entered in the ninth and made quick work of the heart of the order. Seager flew out to center for the first out. Kendry Morales shattered his bat on the first pitch and would fly out to left for the second out. Michael Morse had three hits on the night but would get caught looking as Mo got a favorable call from the umpire.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 16 saves in 16 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.56.
Posted by: David
Mariano is now 15 for 15 on the season in save opportunities. On a Mother's Day Sunday in Kansas City Rivera converted his 15th consecutive save to start the 2013 season as the Yankees swept the Royals.

He now has 623 career saves. His record on the season is 0-0 and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.65.

The Yankees were led by back to back home runs from Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells. Hiroki Kuroda worked a strong 7 and 2/3 innings and David Robertson got the last out of the eighth.

Rivera entered in the ninth and Eric Hosmer singled. However, the first pitch to Salvador Perez was a tailor made bouncer to short which was turned into a double play. Mike Moustakas made the last out for the second day in a row as he flied to right to end the game.
Posted by: Patrick
Dave Skretta of the AP reports on Mariano Rivera's emotional meet and greet with Royals fans as he continues his farewell tour in Kansas City.

Bressette's family was returning to Overland Park., Kan., from a trip to Florida in March when a massive display board inside Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama fell on Heather and three of her boys. Heather was injured along with 9-year-old Tyler and 5-year-old Sam, while 10-year-old Luke was killed in the accident.

''I was in tears seeing this family, the father breaking down and the wife crying,'' Rivera said afterward. ''This happened not too long ago.''
Posted by: Patrick
After David Waldstein of The New York Times reported on a brief, though heated from at least one end, exchange between Mariano Rivera and Joba Chamberlain, both say things are fine.

According to the report, Rivera was conducting an interview pregame and Chamberlain was "speaking loudly," so as to be heard above the public address system. Rivera could not hear the questions he was being asked, so he remarked to "Joba, suave" which, in Spanish, translates to "soft," and gestured his hands in a downward motion, to indicate a lowering of value.

Chamberlain took exception and, following the interview, he approached Rivera in view of reports and fans. "Don't shush me," he said. Rivera thought that he was joking, but he persisted. "I'm serious. Donít ever shush me," he's quoted as saying.

"He's a good kid, man," Rivera said today. "He's a good kid. Sometimes we all say things that we don't mean to say. It's the way it is, and I keep it like that. That doesn't make me angry because something like that happened. I'm the oldest here. I have to be the brother that has to keep the cool. It's good. We're all good. It's nothing. We'll move on."
Posted by: David
Andy Pettitte started off a little shaky but had a great sixth and seventh inning ending with 100 pitches and a 3-2 lead. The Yankees got the lead early when Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas threw wildly past first and allowed Chris Nelson to tie the game. KC would scratch to tie the game and would go ahead 2-1 on a home run from Billy Butler.

However, the Yankees got to Shields in the fifth as he got behind Vernon Wells 3-1 and Vernon unloaded a bomb to the back of the bullpen wall in left to give the Yankees the lead at 3-2.

David Robertson was simply awesome as he struck out the side in the eighth inning.

Rivera entered in the ninth and got Billy Butler to ground to short on the first pitch for one number one. Eric Hosmer hit the ball hard up the middle but Jason Nix had him played perfectly and threw him out easily for the second out. Salvador Perez the young Royals catcher from Venezuela went with an outside cutter and lined it to right just hitting the chalk for a double. Mike Moutsakas would be the last hope for Kansas City and he battled to 3-2 and drove the last pitch from Mo up the alley in left center but Vernon Wells was able to get to it and the game was over.

The save for Rivera was his 14th in 14 save opportunities. His career save total is now at 622 for which he is the career leader. His record is still at 0-0 and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.76.
Posted by: Patrick
Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal spoke to Mariano Rivera about his return to Kansas City, where he went down last year while shagging fly balls.

"I might go to the same spot where I landed, where I was," he said. "But I'm going to enjoy it. It's nothing to regret. Nothing to regret. I want to be there. I want to enjoy it. I want to see the doctor who took me to the hospital and say thank you. I want that."
Posted by: David
CC Sabathia deserved a better fate. He gave up a run in the first and then retired the next eleven batters before the rain delayed the game for 1 hour and 59 minutes. The Yankees were leading 2-1 at the time but starting pitchers have to go five innings to qualify for the win.

When play resumed Adam Warren came in for the Yankees. He was followed by Boone Logan, Preston Claiborne, David Robertson and then "The Sandman".

Robinson Cano would give the Yankees an insurance run with his 9th home run to make the score 3-1.

Rivera got Rosario to pop up foul to third for the first out. Arenado flew out to left and then Mo got Jordan Pacheco to an 0-2 count and then hit him with an inside fast ball. Rutledge then grounded out to short to end the game.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 13 saves and his season ERA now stands at 1.88.
Posted by: David
David Phelps pitched six strong innings as only gave up two runs on a home run off the bat of Todd Helton. The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead on two run home run from Vernon Wells in the first inning. Helton's home run came in the second to tie the score.

Phelps was relieved by Preston Claiborne who pitched a strong seventh inning as he kept the Rockies off the scoreboard. He was followed by David Robertson who struggled but got through the eighth leaving the potential go ahead run at second.

In the top of the ninth Vernon Wells led off the inning by getting on. The Yankees tried the hit and run but Overbay did not swing at the pitch and Wells would have been out but the shortstop covering dropped the ball. Eventually the Yankees loaded the bases and Brennan Boesch hit a hard grounder to third which was fielded but Boesch beat the throw and the go ahead run scored to give the Yankees the lead at 3-2.

Rivera entered for the bottom of the ninth and got Rutledge to fly to center for the first out. With Nunez not available and Chris Nelson pinch hit for, Vernon Wells was elected to play third for the first time in his career. Carlos Gonzales hit a grounder to third which Wells reached for and was able to throw out Gonzales for the second out. Cuddyer singled past Cano to right and then Rosario battled but Mo got him to fly to center to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 12th in 12 save opportunities. His record is 0-0 and his season ERA now stands at 2.03.
Posted by: David
Phil Hughes was great through eighth innings and left with a 4-0 lead. The game was not in a save situation due to the 4 run lead so Shawn Kelley started the ninth. The first batter got a hit and Rivera was summoned although the game was still not in a save situation because the tying run was not on deck.

Rivera walked Moss and then got Donaldson to ground to short forcing Moss at second for the first out. Seth Smith singled to score a run and make the game 4-1. Josh Reddick then grounded out but the Yankees could not turn a double play and another run scored to make it 4-2. This run was charged to Rivera. Adam Rosales then flew out to right to end the game.

The Yankees scored on home runs from Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay and then added two more tack on runs to extend to a 4-0 lead.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 11 saves in 11 save opportunities and his 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.19.
Posted by: David
The Yankees scratched for an early 2-0 lead and then extended the lead to 4-0 on home runs from Robinson Cano and Ben Franscisco. However, David Phelps gave it right back as Houston rallied to tie the score at 4.

The Yankees would take the lead on a double play grounder from Ichiro with the go ahead run scoring on the play to make the score 5-4.

Rivera entered in the ninth as usual and Barnes took his cutter to right for a lead off single. The Astros got aggressive and put on the hit and run but Matt Dominquez lined a 0-1 pitch to 2nd and Cano made a nice leaping back handed catch and tagged Barnes for an easy double play. Marwin Gonzales was over matched by Mo and was struck out swinging to end the game.

For Rivera he is 0-0 on the season with 11 saves in 11 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.59.