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Posted by: Patrick
Mo is in to start the 9th with a 3-1 lead over the Red Sox.

First batter: Jason Varitek. After getting to a 2-1 count, Varitek got jammed but it managed to find a hole in right between Cano and Abreu, allowing Varitek to reach first.

Second batter: Joey Cora. Cora grounded to 1-2 back to Mo who turned and threw to Jeter to force Varitek. Cora reached safely.

Third batter: Julio Lugo. Lugo hit a very slow toller toward 3rd. A-Rod made a great play, barehanding it and throwing a strike over to Giambi at first. Cora to second.

Fourth batter: Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis popped up to Cano to end it.

With this, Mo earned his first save of the season! It also snaps the Yankees 7 game losing streak.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera has still not consistently found his location. His velocity is steady at 92 to 94, but his pitches have found too much of the plate and he is getting hit hard.

On Friday night with the Yankees losing 7-4, Rivera entered to get work and he started off okay by catching J.D. Drew looking for the first out. After that, it was a disaster! Mike Lowell lined a single to right, Jason Varitek followed with a hard smash up the middle and Coco Crisp singled to make it 8-4. Dustin Pedroia was then walked and after 21 pitches the unthinkable happened and Mo was pulled from the game.

Mike Myers wasn't any better and allowed three of the inherited runners to score as the Yankees lost 11-4.

Mariano is 1-2 on the season with 0 saves and two blown save opportunities and pitches to a season ERA of 12.15.
Posted by: David
Joe Torre must have recognized that Mariano Rivera needs more steady work, whether there is a save situation or not.

With the Yankees behind 10-6, Mo entered to pitch the bottom of the eighth. He looked very impressive. He struck out Delmon Young and Akinora Iwamura for the first two outs. Elijah Dukes hit a bouncer down the third base line that A-Rod got to but his Derek Jeter like jump throw didn't work and Dukes was credited with a base hit. He then retired Josh Paul on a bouncer up the middle to end the inning.

Rivera is now 1-2 on the season with 0 saves and 2 blown saves and he has an ERA of 7.11.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera simply does not have command of his pitches yet this season. Hopefully this is from not getting regular work and he will become sharper very soon.

On Friday night in Beantown he entered the game with the Yankees leading 6-3 and runners on 1st and 3rd with only one out. He had Jason Varitek 1-2 but could not finish him off and he singled to right to make it 6-4. Coco Crisp followed with a triple down the first base line to tie the score and hence blow the save. The Yankees brought the infield in and Alex Cora blooped a single over short to put the Bosox ahead at 7-6. Cora was caught stealing for the second out and Julio Lugo struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Yankees got Abreu on and A-Rod up but he couldn't deliver and the Bombers lost a heartbreaker 7-6.

Rivera is now 1-2 on the season with 2 blown saves in as many opportunities. His season ERA now stands at 8.44.
Posted by: David
Marco Scutaro tagged Mariano Rivera and the Yankees with a walk off three run game winning homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Yankees 5-4.

Rivera had retired Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby to start the inning but then Todd Walker singled to left on the first pitch and Jason Kendall battled a walk on a nine pitch at bat. Scutaro was down 0-2 and Rivera's pitch got too much of the plate and Scutaro hit if off the foul pole in left to win the game.

Rivera is 1-1 on the season with 1 blown save. His ERA now stands at 5.79.
Posted by: Patrick
Don Amore has a funny story:

Mariano Rivera asked media relations director Jason Zillo to get all the writers together, he wanted to say something. This doesn't happen often, so we figured it must be serious. We gathered around Rivera at his locker, and he sighed, exhaled and said, "I don't know how to say this ...

"... I'm also wearing No. 42 tomorrow." Rivera broke out laughing. "You should have seen the look on you guys faces!"
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless 11th inning on Saturday night vs. the Oakland A's in a game won in 13 innings by the Yankees 4-3.

Mo retired Bobby Crosby on a grounder to first, then walked Travis Buck before getting Jason Kendall to line to short and Marco Scutaro to foul to first to end the inning.

Brian Bruney relieved Mo and pitched the 12th and 13th to earn the victory.
Posted by: Patrick
The Onion, a satirical site, mentions that Jeff Kent will be wearing #42 this weekend to honor Mariano Rivera. Again, satirical site, so not an actual report, but I wanted to mention it, anyway.

Via Ben.
Posted by: Patrick
Edit: Torre will, as well. Thanks Mike.

George King mentions that Jeter, A-Rod, Cano and Mo (of course) will all wear number 42 on Sunday, in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Posted by: Patrick
Mo pitched the 9th inning in the Yankees 10-1 rout of the Twins in Minnesota. He retired Justin Morneau, Jason Tyner and Luis Rodriguez in order, on a line out, ground out and fly out, respectively. Mo remains saveless on the season, but his ERA is 0.00 in 3 games now.

Andy Pettitte got the win, pitching 6 innings of shutout ball. The offense was led by Johnny Damon (1 for 5, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Derek Jeter (2 for 5, 3 runs) and A-Rod (1 for 3, 1 run, 2 RBI).
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera entered the ninth inning not only in a non-save situation but also with the Yankees losing 7-6. Since Mo had last pitched on Monday, he needed to get his work to stay sharp.

He faced Nick Markakis to lead off the inning and he blooped a fly ball over shortstop for a leadoff single. Rivera then retired Tejada and Aubrey Huff on outfield fly outs before striking out Freddie Bynum to end the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Baltimore closer Chris Ray entered and got the first two outs. Cano singled, Jeter walked and Abreu was hit with a pitch to set the stage for A-Rod. This time he delivered with a grand slam walk off homer to the black in center field. The Yankees of course won the game 10-7.

Rivera is 1-0 on the season allowing only one hit in two innings with four strikeouts. His season ERA stand at 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
Today marks three years since MarianoRivera.com launched. I wanted to highlight this accomplishment and take this opportunity to thank Mariano Rivera, David and all of our loyal visitors and readers. Thank you to everyone who has supported MarianoRivera.com.
Posted by: David
In a non-save situation, Mariano Rivera struck out the side in the ninth inning to help the Yankees to a 9-5 win in the season opener at Yankee Stadium. He got Dioner Navarro and Elijah Dukes swinging for the first two outs and then caught B.J Upton looking to end the game. The Yankees were only leading by one run in the bottom of the eighth with Rivera warming up, but the Yankees added three with two coming on an A-Rod homer.