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Thanks to Frank for pointing me to an infographic from the Washington Post
which shows a time line of Mariano Rivera's time as the Yankees primary closer. The results are amazing and give you an even greater respect for Rivera's durability. View the infographic
The Yankees followed the script with CC Sabathia going six innings and he was followed by Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano and "The Sandman" for an inning a piece. Mark Teixeira put the Yankees ahead with a three run blast off of Tiger fireballer Justin Verlander. The Tigers would battle back to tie the score against CC with the aid of some sloppy Yankee fielding on a raw cold day at the stadium.
Curtis Granderson also homered to put the Yankees ahead at 4-3 and the Bombers added two insurance runs including a fly ball single from Nick Swisher to score A-Rod in the eighth inning. A-Rod just missed a home run with a shot to deep right center earlier in the game.
Rivera entered with a 6-3 lead and got Jhonny Peralta on a fly ball to right. Brandon Inge crushed a ball to deep center which Curtis Granderson ran down for the second out, making a stellar catch. Avila was struck out looking to end the game.
For Rivera, the save is his 1st of the season and 560th of his career. He is 40 from the magic 600, 41 from tying Trevor Hoffman for the all time career saves list and 42 from surpassing him. His ERA for the 2011 season is obviously 0.00.
It wasn't quite vintage Mo, but the greatest closer of all-time is rounding into shape as the start of the season is only five days away. Rivera pitched the fourth inning at home (as always during spring training) and got Lyle Overbay to ground to short for the first out. Pedro Alvarez hit a ground ball to third which just hit off the glove of A-Rod for an infield hit. He struck out Jones and then Cedeno hit the first pitch for a hard single to put two runners on. Jaramillo fisted a ball to second and was retired to end the inning.
Mo actually fell behind two hitters with 3-1 counts but was able to retire them. He has pitched five innings on the spring with a perfect 0.00 ERA.
Mariano Rivera recorded his first hold of the spring training season. He relieved Phil Hughes with a perfect eighth inning. Boone Logan followed Mo and earned the save as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 at home in Tampa.
In four appearances for the 2011 spring season Rivera has pitched four innings without giving up a run and has surrendered only one hit with no walks and five strikeouts.
Joel Sherman of the Post
has some fun facts on Mo. Here's one of them:
With Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner retiring, Rivera is not only No. 1 among active players in saves, but right now the closest to him in any camp is Jason Isringhausen with 293. That Secreteriat-at-the-Belmont gap between the two is 265 saves. But here is the complete stunner to me: If Isringhausen does not make the Mets, the next two active save leaders after Rivera would be the Franciscos, Cordero (290) and Rodriguez (268). If you add their save totals together you get 558. That is exactly how many Rivera has all by himself.
Via Rob Neyer
Tara Sullivan of the Record spoke with A-Rod
(and Mariano Rivera) about the role that Rivera played in his return to the Yankees in 2007.
“He was involved in the process,” Rodriguez said. “Overall, Mo has been so influential in my life and was very instrumental in me coming back here. He helped with everything – he spoke to me and [to the Yankees]. He was just a very positive force.”
It was just another day at the office for Mo. He came in for the seventh inning after Freddy Garcia got banged around and made short work of the Toronto Blue Jays. Adam Loewen a converted pitcher struck out looking as did Anthony Gose. Mike McCoy bounced out to first unassisted to end the inning. Mo threw 11 pitches and looks on par to start the season.
Mariano Rivera proved that he is human after all. He surrendered a two out double to Vladimir Guerrero and then retired Luke Scott to end the inning on Wednesday night in Tampa. Mo followed a six inning no-hit performance from Ivan Nova. Guerrero has been somewhat a nemesis for Rivera over the years. In 2009, Guerrero got the only RBI in the postseason off "The Sandman" when he reached and slapped a pitch to right in the ALCS when he was with the Angels. With his penchant to swing at anything and his long arms he at times simply can't be pitched to.
The Yankees won the game 10-0 with A-Rod hitting another home run.
Mariano Rivera was interviewed before the game by Kim Jones of the YES Network and he indicated he would like to throw 12 pitches or so in his spring training debut.
That is exactly what happened and he struck out the side. He got Jason Kubel and Matt Brown looking and Luke Hughes swinging as he pitched the top of the sixth inning vs. the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon in Tampa.
Mariano Rivera threw 35 pitches earlier today during batting practice and did not rule out that he may make his spring training debut on Sunday.
ESPN Sport Science
discusses the physics behind Mariano Rivera's cutter in the clip below.
As part of ESPN The Weekend
, Mo appeared with anchor Karl Ravech and he reacted to the research. Watch below.
Via The Yankee Analysts
and T.O. Chris