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Posted by: Patrick
On Saturday, the Yankees went to extra innings, tied at 4. The game lasted until the bottom of the 12th, with the Mariners securing a walk-off single to secure the victory.

After a Chone Figgins ground out, Justin Smoak dropped in a bloop single to left field. A Jack Cust double put runners on second and third. The Mariners sent in Luis Rodriguez to run for Smoak. Franklin Gutierrez was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.

Adam Kennedy would be the hero for Seattle. A single to center allowed Rodriguez to score, ending the game at 5-4.

Robinson Cano was 3 for 5 on the day with his 10th home run. Mark Teixeira hit his 15th and Curtis Granderson drove in his 37th RBI, placing him 4th in the American League. Derek Jeter was 2 for 5 with a run.

The loss is Rivera's first of the season, giving him a record of 1-1. His ERA rises to 2.11.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera became the first pitcher is MLB history to have 1,000 appearances with one team and the 15th pitcher in baseball history to accomplish the 1,000 game feat. In a non-save situation, Mo pitched a scoreless ninth inning as the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon in the Bronx.

With the win, the Yankees won the series 2 games to 1 and the home stand 4 games to 2. The Yankees were led by Andruw Jones who hit two home runs and Mark Teixeira also added a two run shot.

Freddy Garcia pitched 6 1/3 solid innings and was followed by David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain. Mo entered the ninth with the Yankees leading 7-3. He faced Thames to lead the inning and he grounded a single through the right side. Rajai Davis popped out to right for the first out. Encarnacion flied out to deep center and J.P. Arencibia struck out swinging to end the game.

Rivera is 1-0 on the season with 13 saves in 16 save opportunities. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.71.
Posted by: David
Bartolo Colon cruised through eight innings not allowing a run and the stage was set for Mariano but he just couldn't get the job done against the Orioles.

Rivera came in and got Felix Pie for the first out but then allowed a single up the middle to Adam Jones when his 0-2 pitch got too much of the plate. Nick Markakis followed with a single to right which pushed Jones to third. Vladimir Guerrero hit the first pitch to deep left center for a sacrifice fly and the scored was tied at 1.

Both teams had numerous opportunities in extra innings but could not push across a run until the 15th when Mark Teixeira singled and A-Rod followed with a single which was his fourth hit of the game. The Orioles brought in Mike Gonzalez with Robinson Cano due up.

Cano hit his first pitch up the alley in right center for a two run double. Hewent to third on the play as Adam Jones mishandled the ball. Cano would score and the Yankees were up 4-1.

That is where the game would end. Hector Noesi collected the win, in the first Major League appearance of his career, pitching 4 shutout innings to close the game.

Rivera has 13 save in 16 save opportunities for 2011 and an ERA of 1.80.
Posted by: David
The core three delivered! Derek Jeter beat out a double play grounder, Jorge Posada lined two singles to right and Mo got the last out as the Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg.

The win moved the Yankees to within two games of first place as they continue the road trip in Baltimore tonight.

In addition, A-Rod came out of his huge slump by hitting two home runs to help the Bomber cause. With Nick Swisher ailing, Chris Dickerson made his debut and played good defense in right field, adding an RBI single.

Rivera did not get a decision with his appearance and he entered the game in a non save situation. His record on the year is 1-0 with 13 saves in 15 save appearances and his 2011 season ERA is lowered to 1.42.
Posted by: Patrick
YES Network's Kim Jones has an interview with Mariano Rivera covering it takes for him to get warmed up and ready to come in the game, from bullpen to the first pitch.

Thanks Mr. Diaz for the tip.
Posted by: Patrick
The Red Sox completed their three game sweep of the Yankees on Sunday night. According to ESPN, it was the third time in 25 years that the Red Sox have swept the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Down 7-5, Joe Girardi opted to have Mo start the ninth to keep it close. After striking out Alex Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis singled. David Ortiz was next up, fouling out to Teixeira for the second out. J.D. Drew walked before Jed Lowrie grounded out to end the inning.

The Yankees could not get anything going in the ninth. Curtis Granderson hit home run number 13, scoring and driving in two runs. Teixeira was the only Yankee with more than a hit, going 2 for 5 with an RBI. Andruw Jones also homered.

Jorge Posada did not start, following the feeding frenzy around his decision not to play on Saturday. Girardi did slot him in as a pinch hitter to start the eighth and he drew a walk. However, Russell Martin, Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter were retired in order afterward.

Mo's save count remains at 13, just 28 away from 600. He lowered his ERA by 8 points to 1.45. The Yankees begin a new series Monday night against the Rays in Tampa.
Posted by: Patrick
On Monday, Mariano Rivera appeared at the Clubhouse Grill, along with a host of past and present New York athletes, to raise money for the Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls, run by Family Serves of Westchester.

Josh Semendoff of New Rochelle Patch reports that they raised over $162,000.

Thanks nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: Patrick
According to Josh Semendoff at New Rochelle Patch, Mariano Rivera's Mo's New York Grill restaurant has been renamed to Clubhouse Grill. The article also mentions that it is under new management.

The restaurant celebrated it's grand re-opening during the May 9 charity event for Family Services of Westchester and will officially re-open to the public this week.
Posted by: David
Alex Rodriguez broke out of a 9 for 55 slump with a two run single up the middle which gave the Yankees the lead at 3-1. Freddy Garcia was great through six and was credited with the win to bring his record to 2-2 on the early season.

David Robertson worked out of a bases loaded jam by striking out Chris Getz on a controversial check swing to end the seventh. Joba Chamberlain was simply awesome with a quick perfect eighth inning and he set up Mo to close the door.

Rivera gave up a leadoff single through the right side to Jeff Francoeur and then faced recent call up Eric Hosmer. He fell behind 3-0 but then struck him out swinging for the first out of the inning. Aviles was up and worked the count to 3-2 and then hit a hard one hop smash back to the mound. Rivera grabbed it and started a game ending 1-4-3 double play (view the highlight).

For Rivera, it was his 13th save of the season in 15 save opportunities and the 572nd save of his career. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.62. Mariano is now 29 saves shy of tying Trevor Hoffman at 601 for the all-time career saves lead and 30 shy of breaking the record.

The Yankee win coupled with a Tampa Bay lost puts the Yankees in first place by a game.
Posted by: David
The Yankees rebounded from their season long three game losing streak with great starting pitching from Ivan Nova and defeated the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Friday night in Arlington. Nova pitched 7.1 innings and allowed only one run with Rafael Soriano allowing an inherited runner to score.

Curtis Granderson hit two home runs - the first coming with one on in the first inning as the Matt Harrison struggled early for the Rangers.

Rivera got Elvis Andrus swinging and then Michael Young grounded to A-Rod at third for the second out. Adrian Beltre was caught looking to end the game. Rivera now has 12 saves on the 2011 season and 571 career saves which puts him only 30 behind Trevor Hoffman for the all-time career saves list. He would need 31 saves to surpass Hoffman with 602 career saves. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.72.
Posted by: Patrick
"Enter Sandman" by Metallica has been the entrance music for Mariano Rivera for a long time. Now, Metallica will be playing the song live as part of a concert at Yankee Stadium on September 14. See more, including a video with Metallica lead singer James Hetfield, on the Yankees website.

Via Gothamist.
Posted by: Patrick
Late Sunday night, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden was dead. The New York Daily News has reaction from the Yankees, including Mariano Rivera.

Rivera: "Justice prevailed. You do something like that, somewhere along the way, you're going to pay. This was the time. I'm glad that this thing is over. At least the people that lost their loved ones on September 11, they have a little peace of mind knowing that person has been brought to justice."

As a reminder, general political discussion is not allowed in the MarianoRivera.com comments area. Thank you.
Posted by: David
The Yankees scored early against Tiger ace Justin Verlander with Jorge Posada bombing a two run double to deep center. They would add another but then Verlander would work in and out of trouble all night and the Tigers eventually battled back to tie thanks to two solo home runs from Alex Avila.

Bartolo Colon worked seven strong innings and gave way to Joba Chamberlain who pitched a scoreless eighth inning. In the ninth, Curtis Granderson led off and worked a twelve pitch walk against Detroit closer Jose Valverde. He stole second but then over slid the bag and was called out. Teixeira also walked and would eventually score the go ahead run when Nick Swisher lined a single up the middle. A-Rod took third on the play and scored on a passed ball from Alex Avila which gave the Yankees a two run lead for the Sandman.

Rivera faced Ryan Rayburn to start the inning and shattered his bat on the second pitch which induced a weak grounder to second for the first out. Jhonny Peralta grounded deep to third which A-Rod grabbed down the line and gunned Peralta out for the second out. Alex Avila was the last hope and he had homered twice off of Colon with both shots to left field. Rivera struck him looking on a high fastball to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 11th on the season in 13 save opportunities. His 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.84. For his career, Rivera now has 570 saves which leaves him only 31 shy of Trevor Hoffman and 32 to surpass him.
Posted by: David
Mark Teixeira got the scoring started with a first inning home run but Toronto battled back with two runs to take the lead early at 2-1.

Jesse Listch was cruising until the fifth when the Yankees put together a couple of hits and Curtis Granderson took a pitch deep into the grandstand for his 8th home run of the season. In 2010, he did not get his 8th home run until July 25.

The bullpen of David Robertson, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera got the job done again. Nova went a strong 6 1/3 innings to get the win.

In the ninth, Rivera was more like himself - not wasting any pitches. John McDonald hit a lazy fly ball to center on the second pitch for the first out. Rajai Davis popped up to short right which Eduardo Nunez raced out to grab for the second out and then Yunel Escobar was jammed and grounded to short to end the game.

The save for Rivera is his 10th of the season in 12 save opportunities and his 2011 season ERA now stands at 1.98. His career saves total is now at 569 which puts him only 32 saves behind Trevor Hoffman and 33 to surpass him.

The Yankees now head on the road to Detroit to begin a four game series tomorrow night with Bartolo Colon facing Justin Verlander.
Posted by: David
For the first time in his future Hall of Fame career Mariano Rivera has reached nine saves by the end of April. Granted, the season started on March 31, but the feat is still somewhat surprising for the 41 year old.

The Yankees went to the big three of Joba, Soriano and Mo and they got the job done. Joba has a quick seventh, Rafael Soriano had a hiccup in the eighth and Mo is getting his Mojo back.

With the score at 5-4, the Sandman entered and was facing David Cooper to start off the inning. Cooper was just called up over the weekend and his mother, sister and girlfriend came from California to see him play. On the second pitch of the AB he fell victim to Mo's devastating cutter and popped it up weakly to Cano at second for the first out. Edwin Encarnacion flew out softly to center and the Blue Jays were down to their last out.

Jose Molina, a former Yankee, was the last hope. He had caught Rivera on several occasions and was up for the challenge. He swung and missed on the first two pitches and then fouled off the next two. He took a ball and then fouled off two more before lining a high fast ball to deep left center for a double. Corey Patterson was inserted to pinch run and represented the potential tying run. McCoy was now the last hope and he had earlier in the game hit his first career home run. Rivera worked him to 2-2 and then he flew out to right to end the game and preserve a 5-4 victory for A.J. Burnett and the Yankees.

Rivera earned his 9th save in 11 save opportunities and his record remains at 1-0. His 2011 season ERA was lowered to 2.13. For his career, he now has 568 saves which places him only 33 behind Trevor Hoffman to tie and 34 to surpass on the all-time career saves list.