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Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera started throwing in the bottom of the eighth when the Yankees were leading 3-1, but due to the second two run homer from Bernie Williams when he entered the game in he top of the ninth the Yankees were leading 5-1, hence a non-save situation existed.

Rivera was not sharp. He retired the first batter on a fly to center, but then consecutive singles by Mike Sweeney and Emil Brown put runners on first and second with only one out. He then struck out Angel Berroa for the second out. He went to 3 and 2 on Teahen before getting him to ground out to first to end the game.

Rivera is 6-3 on the season and his ERA is now lowered to 1.47. He is also leading the American League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award standings.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth inning yesterday entering the game with a 6-2 lead. He retired all three batters on ground balls and his season ERA now stands at 1.49.
Posted by: David
It happened again. Mariano Rivera blew a save. After going approximately four months of being perfect in save opportunities, Rivera has lost a game and blown two out of the last three save opportunities.

He entered in the bottom of the ninth with the Yankees clinging to a 3-2 lead over the host Devil Rays. He struck out Jorge Cantu to start the inning. Next up was Eduardo Perez who took Randy Johnson deep earlier in the game. Mo tried to get a cutter inside but left it out over the plate and Perez crushed it just over the left field fence. It appeared that a fan with a glove reached over the fence to catch it and from the TV replay it looked like the ball would have landed on the top of the fence, however it was ruled a homerun.

Rivera was able to get out of the ninth and stayed on in the tenth only giving up a single to Toby Hall. Tampa Bay inserted a pinch runner and Mo pitched out on a 0-1 count and Flaherty nailed him stealing. Mo then retired the side in order.

The Devil Rays won in the 11th when Scott Proctor walked Jonny Gomes with the bases loaded. Rivera has converted 32 of 36 save opportunities this season and has a record of 5-3. His season ERA now stands at 1.41.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera is mortal after all. He entered in the ninth and retired Rowand, Dye and Blum 1-2-3.

The tenth was a different story. After retiring Chris Widger to start the inning, Juan Uribe hit a fly ball up the right field gap which Bernie Williams could have made the play (Chicago White Sox center fielder Aaron Rowand definitely makes the play). Bernie played the ball into a triple and the stage was set for the Chisox.

The next batter was leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik who tried to squeeze and just fouled the ball off. He then grounded to Cano at second who had to go to his right before throwing to home and just missed getting Uribe. Podsednik was caught stealing and then Mo struck out Pablo Ozuna to end the inning.

The Yankees got the tying run on when Tino walked but Cano hit a ball to the warning track in center field to end the game. Rivera is now 5-3 on the season and his ERA is at 1.06.
Posted by: Patrick
Congratulations to Laura Madden who was randomly selected to receive a signed (by the author, Matthew McGough) copy of Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees.

Yes, this is the same Laura Madden who on the limited edition poster back in February! Very lucky.
Posted by: Patrick
Entering the 9th down by 1, A-Rod and Giambi both had solo shots to put the Yanks ahead by 1.

Enter Mo in the bottom of the 9th. Casey Blake, Grady Sizemore and Coco Crisp due up. Mo set them down in order to earn his 27th save of the year.
Posted by: Patrick
The deadline to enter your name into the book giveaway is tomorrow (August 5, 2005) at 10:00 PM eastern time.

Good luck!