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Mo entered in the ninth and got Mike Lamb to ground back to the box on the first pitch. Harris walked on a close 3-2 pitch but Mo got tough and struck out Carlos Gomez swinging and pinch hitter Craig Monroe looking to end the game.
For Rivera its his 14th straight save of the season and his ERA is down to 0.38.
He struck out Adam Jones for the first out. Luke Scott reached first on an error by A-Rod. Brian Roberts popped out to Cano at second. Scott moved up to second on fielder's indifference. Finally, Melvin Mora popped out to Cano, as well, to end the game.
For Mo, it was his 13th save of the season. His ERA is now down to 0.39. The Yanks have a day off today, so Mo can get some rest.
The Yankees grabbed the lead in the top of the eleventh with Mo in line to get the victory - but, unfortunately, LaTroy Hawkins gave the lead up and the Orioles won, 10-9.
Rivera's ERA is now at 0.41.
05/26: Teaching and Dominance
Tyler Kepner and Ken Davidoff write about Mo's dominance this year and the help that he has given fellow reliever, Edwar Ramirez.
Said Joe Girardi: "People, a lot of times, ask me, 'Who's the best pitcher you've ever caught?' and I've been pretty fortunate. I've caught Greg Maddux. I've caught Roger Clemens. But a lot of times, I'll say Mo because he's been so dominant for so long, basically doing it with one pitch.
"I know he's not a starter. Nothing against Maddux or Clemens, because they're both unbelievable pitchers. But I probably caught Mo more than any one of those guys. It's just remarkable to me what he does day in and day out."
Rivera faced Jose Lopez to start the inning and he battled to a 2-2 count before popping up to second. Hot hitting Jose Vidro was next and Mo caught him looking at a called third strike on the outside corner. Raul Ibanez didn't have a chance as Mo got ahead quickly and blew him away with high heat to end the game.
The win put the Yankees at .500 on the season at 25-25. For Rivera, it's his 12th save on the season in as many opportunities and his ERA is lowered to 0.45.
05/23: Mo's Start
Dan Graziano has a story about the early parts of Mo's Major League career.
He has put together a Hall of Fame career that includes four World Series titles and 454 saves. But on the day his major-league career started, nobody could have seen it coming -- not even Rivera.
When he thinks back to that debut, he doesn't bring up the eight hits, five runs and three walks the Angels got against him in the first 3 1/3 innings of a 10-0 loss. As all great closers do, he skirts the negative memory and goes right to the positive.
"I won the only game we won on that road trip," Rivera said, and he's right. His debut began a nine-game trip on which the Yankees went 1-8. The only win was Rivera's second start, a 4-1 victory in Oakland on May 28.
Rivera entered the game in the ninth with the scored tied at 1. He faced Kevin Millar to start the inning and on the seventh pitch of the AB, Millar softly lined back to Mo for the first out. Luke Scott then grounded to first and Ramon Hernandez struck out swinging to end the game.
Rivera is now 1-1 on the season with 11 saves in as many opportunities. His ERA for the 2008 season is now at 0.47.
First, he allowed a single to Adam Jones. This was followed by a fielder's choice off the bat of Freddie Bynum, allowing Jones to be retired at second. The final batter would be Luis Hernandez, a fielding replacement for Brian Roberts that entered in the eight inning. Hernandez lined back to Mo, who threw over first to double Bynum off.
The inn ing of work brought Rivera's ERA down to 0.50 for the season.
05/16: Mo Likes to Shag Flies
Peter Abraham writes that Mo likes to shag fly balls during batting practice to keep his legs in shape. He robbed A-Rod of a home run yesterday and Abraham spoke with Rivera about the catch. Funny stuff.
previous night by pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Mussina pitched 6.1 innings and was relieved by Ohlendorf who got help from Derek Jeter when he grabbed a line drive headed to center and turned it into a double play. Chamberlain struck out the side in the eighth and Mo entered in the ninth.
Rivera faced Carlos Pena to start the inning and looked like Mo would be snakebitten with a bloop single to right center, but with Cano playing short right field he was able to catch the ball in short right center for the first out of the inning. Evan Longoria was overmatched and struck out swinging and Cliff Floyd then grounded to short to end the game.
Rivera is 11 for 11 in save opportunities for the 2008 season and last night's save was the 454th of his career. His record is 0-1 on the season and ERA is down to 0.53.
Hideki Matsui tied the game in the ninth with one out as he homered off of Rays closer Troy Percival.
Rivera entered in the tenth and faced Carl Crawford to start the inning. Crawford singled up the middle on the second pitch of the AB, but remained at first as Mo toughened. B.J. Upton struck out swinging for the first out, Carlos Pena fouled out to third and Evan Longoria fouled out to first to end the inning.
The Yankees could not get the lead in the 11th and Mo stayed in for the bottom of the 11th. Cliff Floyd singled sharply to right past Giambi and was replaced by pinch runner Jonny Gomes. Gomes proceeded to steal second when Molina's throw bounced and Jeter could not get the tag down in time. Gabe Gross then grounded a single to right center past Cano and Gomes scored the winning run.
Rivera was tagged with the loss and his season record is now at 0-1. His ERA for the season increased to 0.56.
Rivera faced Magglio Ordonez to start the inning, and as usual, Ordonez got a hit. Ordonez was 6 for 12 off of Mo before the at bat and he hit the first pitch from Mo up the middle for a single. Miguel Cabrera was facing Rivera for the first time and Mo overmatched him with hard stuff inside. On a 1-2 pitch, Mo sawed the bat off in Cabrera's hands and induced a 6-4-3 double play. Gary Sheffield then grounded to second to end the game.
Rivera is still 0-0 on the season with 10 saves in 10 save opportunities. He has pitched 15 innings and has only allowed six hits and no walks. The save for Rivera was the 453rd of his career. His ERA for 2008 remains at 0.00.
05/09: Jack Curry Feature on Mo
Jack Curry has a feature on Mo and his dominance this season.
Rivera called himself “a blessed guy,” politely dodging the idea that he is a walking, talking, tossing legend.
“I tell you the truth, man, it’s good to be recognized,” Rivera said. “I ain’t going to lie to you. It’s good to be recognized. But I don’t feel that it’s all me. I have a bunch of teammates that help me.”
05/09: LaTroy Hawkins on Mo
"You always knew he was great," first-year Yankees reliever LaTroy Hawkins said. "But until you're here, you don't realize just how great."
Mo got Jhonny Peralta to ground to short for the first out. Franscisco then hit a fly ball down the right field corner which fell for a double with Abreu playing in right center. Franklin Gutierrez popped to Cano for the second out and Ryan Garko grounded to Betemit at third to end the game.
For Rivera, it's his ninth save of the season in nine save opportunities. He has surrendered no runs and only five hits and no walks in fourteen innings on the 2008 season. His ERA for the season remains, of course, at 0.00.
Asked to explain his early-season success, Mariano Rivera wonders if it could have something to do with the regular opportunities the Yankees have provided. That shouldn't come as a shock, because the 38-year-old is still making it easy to hand him the ball in tough spots.
Rivera was selected as the winner of the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" for April in an announcement made Wednesday. This officially sanctioned Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season.
"Best Baseball Players by Number". Number 42 was given to Jackie Robinson.
But, SI.com's Bryan Armen Graham feels it should have gone to Mo. He states that if the list was the "most important players by number", then Jackie Robinson would be the obvious choice. But, this is "best players" and he feels that Mo takes the cake:
Baseball's best No. 42 is Mariano Rivera, and as the last active player still wearing the digits due to baseball's 1997 decree, the 38-year-old right-hander need not worry about any future challenge to the distinction.
No worries. Mo needed exactly 8 pitches to carve out the Mariners' five, six and seven hitters; Jose Vidro, a pinch hitting Willie Bloomquist and Jeff Clement, respectively. No decision for Rivera, but he has now pitched 13 innings in 12 games, has allowed 4 hits, 0 earned runs, 0 walks and has struck out 12 hitters. This is good for a 0.00 ERA, 0.31 WHIP and .095 BAA. Not a bad line.
Mo entered anyway and made quick work of the middle of Seattle's order. He caught Raul Ibanez looking for the first out and then Adrian Beltre lined to center. Jeff Clement then grounded out to third to end the game.
Rivera has now pitched twelve scoreless innings to start the season.