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The Yankees charged back when Jeter delivered a two out two run single to draw the Yankees to within a run at 3-2 On the play Brett Gardner just slid home with his hand just touching the plate prior to the tag from Lou Marson. Teixeira then hit a three run bomb to the bleachers in left center and the Yankees had the lead at 5-3.
The Yankees added two more runs in the eighth to remove the save situation but since Mo was up he came in the game.
He struck out Russell Branyan to start the inning and also got Jhonny Peralta for the second out. Valabeuna broke his bat and it came flying back to the mound at Rivera. Mo jumped over the bat, still fielded the ball and threw the runner out to end the game.
Rivera is 0-1 on the season with 10 saves in 11 save opportunities and his 2010 season ERA now stands at 1.65.
Andy Pettitte and Francisco Liriano both pitched beautifully. The Twins took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single from Joe Mauer. The Yankees tied it when Francisco Cervelli was able to beat out a potential double play grounder and scored on a double from rookie Kevin Russo. The Yankees went ahead 2-1 on a triple from Brett Gardner.
In looked like the Twins would take the lead in the eighth inning. Butera started the inning with a double to right center. The ball hit in the pocket of Gardner's glove and popped out. Denard Span attempted to sacrifice but A-Rod bobbled his bunt attempt and the Twins had runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Andy Pettitte was able to glove a line drive from the next batter with the runners staying put and the stage was set for Joe Mauer to try and put the Twins ahead. Pettitte had struck Mauer out in the previous at bat and this time it was even better. Mauer hit the ball hard toward short and Jeter and Cano turned it into an inning ending double play.
In the top of the ninth, Gardner and Jeter were retired quickly by Twins closer Jon Rauch but Nick Swisher bombed a home run deep to right field to give the Yankees the lead at 3-2.
In the ninth, Pettitte took the mound but it was just a stall tactic to give Mo more time to warm up. The Sandman entered and he got Justin Morneau on a hump back liner which Jeter got on a bounce around second and threw him out for the first out. Michael Cuddyer battled to a 3-2 count but also grounded to Jeter and then Delmon Young hit the second pitch to A-Rod on the ground and he threw Young out to end the game.
The save for Rivera was his 10th of the season in 11 save opportunities and the 536th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.76.
Derek Jeter hit a home run in the sixth for the only run of the game and with runners on second and third he went into the hole deep and used his patented jump throw to retire Delmon Young and prevent the Twins from either tying or more likely taking the lead in the game.
David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain got through the seventh and eighth and the torch was handed to Mo for the ninth.
Rivera still isn't right with his control and he almost blew another save. However, rookie Kevin Russo went to the wall in left to retire J.J. Hardy for the first out of the game. Jim Thome pinch hit for Brendan Harris and he was walked again by Mariano. In a Sunday afternoon game in the Bronx on May 16th, Mo also walked Thome to force in a run prior to Kubel's grand slam.
With one out Denard Span was up and Mo got him to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game. For Rivera it is his 9th save of the season and 535th of his career. His season ERA now stands at 1.88.
The Lineup, an MSG TV series, started airing in March with the focus of naming the best players at each position in the history of New York baseball. Mariano Rivera was named the greatest relief pitcher, joining 6 Yankees, out of the 10 player spots (all starting positions, including starting pitcher and relief pitcher). You can watch the show's debate on their site and check out their final remarks below.
Javier Vazquez was a pleasant surprise for Joe Girardi and the Yankees as he completed six shoutout innings and surrendered only one hit. However, during his second successful sacrifice bunt he bruised a finger and was taken out of the game.
David Robertson got two outs and then Joba Chamberlain struggled some but mad it through one and one third and held a 2=0 lead for the Yankees and Mo.
The lead came on a two run double from recent call up Kevin Russo.
Rivera entered in the ninth and faced Jose Reyes to start the inning. Reyes flew out to Winn in left field and that was followed quickly by Joey Cora bouncing back to Mo for the second out. Jason Bay was next and he doubled to deep left and then rookie phenom Ike Davis doubled to right center to score Bay. David Wright was the potential winning run but Mo got tough and got him to ground to second to end the game.
For Rivera it is his eighth save in nine save opportunities and the 534th of his career. His record is 0-1 and his ERA is now at 2.03.
Rivera retired pinch hitter Mike Lowell on a grounder to A-Rod to start the inning. Darnell McDonald singled up the middle and then Marco Scutaro popped up to short right field. Cano ran away from the ball when it looked like Thames was going to catch it but he dropped it and both runners were safe at first and second. Dustin Pedroia grounded weakly to first for the second out, but both runners moved up on the play. Jeremy Hermida battled and eventually lined a double over the head of Randy Winn to score two runs and give the Red Sox the lead at 7-5. Kevin Youkilis flied out to center to end the inning.
The Yankees battled back against Jonathan Papelbon but were only able to score one run and lost game 7-6. Cano doubled in A-Rod from second and was advanced to third with one out, but could not score when Juan Miranda grounded back to the box and Randy Winn struck out swinging to end the game.
Rivera is now 0-1 on the season, but his ERA is lowered to 1.46 with both runs he surrendered being unearned.
05/17: Kubel Granny Shocks Mo!
He walked Jim Thome to force in a run and then Jason Kubel hit a down and in 1-0 cutter for a grand slam and an eventual 6-3 win for the Twins.
Kubel's granny prevented Mo from breaking Eric Gagne's streak of 51 consecutive home saves. Both men are now tied with that record. For Rivera he is 0-0 on the season and his ERA now stands at 1.59.
The game was a seesaw the entire night. The Twins went up 1-0 on a bases load walk by Burnett. The Yankees went ahead 2-1 with Brett Gardner tying the score with a home run. Joe Mauer tied the game with a home run. The Yankees struck right back with Gardner scoring on a double from Teixeira.
The M and M boys however did it again with Mauer tying the score with a solid single up the middle and Morneau doubling to right center to give the Twins the lead. Those hits were off of Marte who was not sharp.
The Twins walked Tex to load the bases in front of A-Rod and he delivered with his 19th career grand slam to put the Bombers ahead at 7-4.
Joba Chamberlain struck out the side in the eighth and was credited with the win.
In the ninth Rivera faced Denard Span to start the inning and he grounded to second. Orlando Hudson bounced back to Mo for the second out and Mauer grounded to second to end the game.
Rivera still has no record on the season and his ERA remains perfect at 0.00.
Since Mo was warmed up, Girardi had him come in and as usual he pitched a perfect inning. Miguel Cabrera flew out, Brennan Boesch grounded out and Avila struck out looking to end the game.
Phil Hughes was brilliant again for seven innings. Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Mo finished up the blowout. The Yankees had lost three consecutive games prior to the win tonight.
For Rivera, his ERA still remains perfect at 0.00.
ESPN E:60 Presents: Yankees Pitcher Mariano Rivera Revealed
Mariano Rivera, considered one of the greatest closers in Major League Baseball history, has seldom opened up about his private life. On Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. ET, ESPN's Emmy Award-winning, primetime newsmagazine E:60 will air an in-depth profile of the New York Yankees ace. E:60's Tom Rinaldi, with unprecedented access, traveled into his world, including visiting Rivera's home, favorite restaurant and his birthplace in Puerto Caimito, Panama.
"The vast majority of baseball fans, despite his long established fame and greatness, have never even seen him outside of uniform. It struck us that despite the fact that he may be the greatest relief pitcher of all time, and the only man in history to close and win the World Series five times, there was an air of mystery about him. He is remarkably without air or entitlement of any kind. He's one of the most respectful and polite people - let alone athletes I had the pleasure to meet. When asked to describe his job, he said that it's like working for a town and everyone in the township giving you their earnings. You're either going to invest their savings and give them a return or blow it." - Rinaldi
Rivera on the difference in getting a final out and a final out in the World Series...
"Getting the final out is great, the final out in the World Series is 'wow, we're champions!'" We did it."
On his success...
"Amazing. Unbelievable. I still don't understand how it happened. Yes, I have abilities, but there were far better players than me.
"My confidence never changed because I know who I trust and I know who I am. When you have that kind of attitude and mentality it doesn't matter the outcomes. Sometimes you're going to lose, a lot of times you're going to win."
On the imprint he hopes to leave...
"That imprint has to be that I did everything within my power to help others, to do the right thing for the NY Yankees, for my teammates, my family and that alone, I'll be happy with that."