Ichiro had a home run and Lyle Overbay had a two run double to start the scoring for the Bombers.
The save was the 633rd of Mo's career and 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.73.
Rivera got Aybar to ground to first unassisted for the second out and a run scored on the play and the other runners moved up to second and third. Callaspo looped a single to right and two runs scored to make it 6-4. Pinch hitter Hawpe blooped a single in front of Wells in left. Peter Bourjous singled and the game was within a run at 6-5. Mike Trout walked and the bases were loaded for Albert Pujols. Rivera stayed inside and got a called strike on the first pitch a foul strike on the second pitch and the third pitch was on the inside part of the plate but Pujols could not hold up and he was called out swinging to end the game.
and the Yankees won 6-5.
The Yankees scored five runs in the 3rd off of Jered Weaver including a home run from Travis Hafner who had been struggling mightily.
Rivera is 0-1 on the season with 24 saves in 25 save opportunities. Rivera now has 632 saves for his career. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.80
Yahoo!'s Tim Brown and Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times have the story.
AP reports that before the start of Thursday's game, the Oakland A's honored Mariano Rivera and presented him with gifts. These included a personalized surfboard, a bottle of wine and a donation of $10,042 to the Mariano Rivera Foundation.
Continuing his farewell tour in Oakland, Mariano Rivera presented longtime A's mailroom employee Julie Vasconcellos with a pizza. Watch the clip above.
Via Mike Oz via Casey Pratt.
June 17 issue of New York Magazine. The story, written by Lisa Miller, is available online. It focuses on Rivera's religious beliefs and how they've impacted every part of his life.
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Brett Gardner had four hits on the day including an RBI single off of Hernandez to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. The Mariners would tie the score a bit later and then both pitchers hung tough.
Boone Logan pitched the seventh and was overpowering.
David Robertson came in for the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Alex Liddi. Liddi was sacrificed to third and the potential go ahead run was on. However, Robertson got tough and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth Ichiro was able to work a leadoff walk and he was sacrificed to second by Jayson Nix. With two outs Chris Stewart delivered a single through the left side and Ichiro to give the Yankees the lead at 2-1.
Rivera entered and he struggled a bit. As he did yesterday, Seager led off with a single. Kendry Morales then hit a sharp grounder to the bag at first and Texeira was able to touch the bag and throw to second for a double play. Raul Ibanez walked like he did the day before. Pinch hitter Endy Chavez singled to left and the tying run was on second and the winning run was on first. Mo got tough and retired Michael Saunders on a fly ball to left to end the game.
The save for Rivera was his 23rd of the season in 24 save opportunities. He now has 631 career saves. His 2013 season ERA was lowered to 1.48.
The Yankees would bounce right back as Jayson Nix got an RBI single to right to give the Yankees the lead at 3-1. Later in the game Nix gave the Yankees an insurance run with another RBI single up the middle.
David Robertson relieved Pettitte and struggled a bit with his control but got out of the inning and the Yankees maintained a two run lead.
Rivera entered in the ninth and Segear was able to bloop his first pitch to right for a leadoff single. Alex Liddi struck out looking on as Mo painted the inside corner. Michael Morse struck out swinging for the second out. Power hitter and Yankee playoff hero from last year Raul Ibanez was the last hope for Seattle and Mo was careful with him and ended up walking him on four pitches. Mo then got very tough and struck out Nick Franklin on three pitches to end the game.
Rivera is 0-1 on the season and has now saved 22 out of 23 save opportunities on the season. For his career he now has 630 saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.54.
Shortly after the game ended Meredith Marakavitz reported that the Yankees had drafted Andy Pettitte's son Josh in the 37th round.
Joba Chamberlain relieved Phelps and put two runners on and then surrendered a three run shot to light hitting Drew Stubbs to pull the Indians to within a run at 4-3.
David Robertson came in for the eighth and was not sharp. He walked the leadoff hitter and then Brantley singled to left to put runners on first and second with none out. Nick Swisher lined to second and the Yankees were able to double the runner off of second. Robertson retired the next batter and the inning was over.
The Yankees did not score in the bottom of the eighth and it was "Enter Sandman".
Rivera fell behind 2-0 to Mark Reynolds and then struck him out swinging. Former Yankee Jason Giambi was up next and Mo went up the ladder with him and struck him out swinging as well. Mike Aviles was the last hope and the first pitch look like it hit off the glove of Chris Stewart, but the umpire called a foul ball for strike one. The next pitch was a ball and then Rivera induced a fly ball to right to end the game. Aviles argued as he ran off the field and was thrown out of a game that was over.
For Rivera he is 0-1 on the season with 21 saves in 22 save opportunities. The save was the 629th of his career and the 38th consecutive at home. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.61.
Pettitte left after 4.2 innings and was relieved by Shawn Kelley. Kelley got out of the fifth and also stayed on for the sixth. Brett Gardner got a huge hit off of Masterson as he lined a single up the middle with runners on second and third. Masterson made a huge fielding blunder as he cut off the throw to the plate which allowed Austin Romine to score and give the Yankees a 2 run lead at 6-4.
Travis Hafner gave the Yankees an insurance run as he ended a 1 for 23 slump with a home run to right.
Joba Chamberlain pitched the seventh, David Robertson pitched the eighth and the game was set up for Rivera to save it in the ninth.
Rivera gave up a leadoff single to Michael Bourn. Aviles grounded to third and Bourn was faced at second and Cano almost completed the double play but Aviles was safe at first. Kipnis was struck out and Nick Swisher flew out to left to end the game.
Rivera is 0-1 on the season and this save was his 20th in 21 save opportunities. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 1.69. Rivera has also converted 37th consecutive save opportunities at home going back to the 2011 season and the save tonight was his 18th consecutive vs. Cleveland.