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Mariano Rivera | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (44) / 11/29/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mariano Rivera has been announced as the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year in the American League.
He's obviously a deserving winner. After being limited to nine appearances in 2012 due to a knee injury, Rivera posted a 2.11 ERA while converting 44 of 51 save chances for the Yankees. The all-time saves leader, of course, has retired from baseball. Mon, Nov 4, 2013 08:09:00 PM

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Mariano Rivera said he's "done" and doesn't plan to play at all this weekend against the Astros.

"I'm done," Rivera told reporters before Saturday's game. It means Thursday's appearance at Yankee Stadium was the last of his season and of his career. It's a fitting end for Mo, leaving the image of him walking off to a standing ovation in front of his home crowd as the lasting memory of his final game.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 06:23:00 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Friday that legendary closer Mariano Rivera could appear in center field during one of the final games against the Astros.

Girardi also noted that Rivera would be allowed to dictate how he is used over the weekend. We saw on Friday, that with a save opportunity the Yankees went to David Robertson instead of Mo, perhaps a sign that Rivera's emotional exit from Thursday's game could be the final time we see him take the mound. His entire career, Rivera has shagged fly balls during batting practice, displaying excellent skills and range, and it would be a nice touch to get him a chance out there during the final game of the season.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 08:09:00 AM

Mariano Rivera retired all four batters he faced Thursday in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.

Rivera came in with one out in the eighth and the Yankees down 4-0 and left with two outs in the ninth, as Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte made the change in an emotional scene. It wasn't the save situation Rivera likely would have preferred, but the way things unfolded was pretty touching. After the game, Rivera went out and collected some mound dirt before walking off the field a final time.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:26:00 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he is "absolutely" considering letting Mariano Rivera in center field this weekend against the Astros.

Girardi isn't going to do it Thursday against the Rays because the game has playoff implications. Ideally, Rivera will play center field in the eighth inning of a game before staying in to get a save chance in the ninth inning, but there's no guarantee things will work out that. Still, it will be fascinating to watch, especially with Tal's Hill to contend with in center field.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 04:02:00 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Mariano Rivera and David Robertson are unavailable Friday against the Red Sox.

Rivera has pitched four out of the last five days while Robertson has thrown 43 pitches over the past two days, so they'll both get a rest. Girardi will have to play the matchups in the late innings.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Mariano Rivera was credited with the victory Thursday after pitching a scoreless ninth as the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-5.

Rivera thought he was coming in for the save in the game, but the official scorer threw a changeup, giving him the win instead. That's because David Robertson, who would have been in line for the victory, gave up three runs in the eighth, rendering him ineffective. It was the correct call to deny Robertson the win, but it was still surprising to see a save taken off the board for Rivera. He'd probably prefer the save to the win.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 12:24:00 AM

Mariano Rivera blew his seventh save Sunday against the Red Sox, but he ended up earning his fifth win.

He's blown two straight saves, but had strung together eight straight scoreless appearances before that. Joe Girardi called on Rivera in the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead. Mo completed that frame without incident, but surrendered a leadoff homer to Will Middlebrooks in the ninth. Over two innings, the legend struck out three. Rivera is 41-for-48 in save conversions and boasts a 2.28 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 04:37:00 PM

Mariano Rivera blew his sixth save after giving up a run in the ninth Thursday against the Red Sox.

Rivera got the first two batters in the ninth, but he gave up a single to Mike Napoli to extend the inning. Quintin Berry entered a pinch-runner and immediately attempted a steal, ending up on third when Austin Romine's throw skipped into center field. Stephen Drew then tied it with another single. The run was declared earned in the official scorer's judgment; it was the right assumption that Berry would have scored from second on Drew's hit. Rivera's six blown saves are his most since 2003. Of course, he's still 41-for-47, with a 2.19 ERA.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 12:15:00 AM

Mariano Rivera reiterated that he won't change his mind about retiring after this season.

Joe Girardi started the conversation anew on Tuesday, as ESPN quoted him as saying the skipper would, "make sure (retiring) is really what (Rivera wants) to do." Rivera squashed the discussion before it burst aflame. "I already told you guys. I don't want to come back like that again," Rivera said. "I made my decision. They can do whatever they want. That's fine. I don't tell (Girardi) what to do. But on my behalf, I already made my decision in spring training."
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 09:20:00 AM

Mariano Rivera hurled a perfect 11th inning to pick up his 38th save of the season against the Rays on Sunday.

Rivera allowed five runs over three appearances (all blown saves) between August 7-11, but he's now strung together five straight scoreless outings. Mo boasts a 2.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP and his 38 saves rank second in the American League.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 07:07:00 PM

Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 37th save of the season against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Rivera hit a rough patch in early August, but he's rebounded to post 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his last four appearances. He lowered his season ERA to 2.25, and his 37 saves are good for second-most in the American League.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 09:54:00 PM

Mariano Rivera allowed two homers over one inning Sunday against the Tigers, but escaped with the win.

Rivera replaced David Robertson in the top of the ninth protecting a 4-2 Yankee lead. Homers by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez tied the affair, but Brett Gardner's walk-off in the bottom half of the frame gifted the ancient New York closer with his third win of the season (and 78th overall, for those keeping track at home). Rivera has surrendered a troubling five runs on three homers over his last three appearances, which has spiked his ERA from 1.56 to 2.44.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 05:25:00 PM

Mariano Rivera blew his second consecutive save chance on Friday, surrendering a two-out, game-tying homer to Miguel Cabrera.

Even with these blips on the radar, Rivera still owns a terrific 2.08 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 41/8 K/BB ratio through 43 1/3 innings on the season. He has still converted 35 of his 39 save chances on the season, and remains one of the truly elite closers in the league.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 11:57:00 PM

Mariano Rivera blew his third save of the season against the White Sox on Wednesday.

Rivera got two quick outs before giving up a double to Gordon Beckham and an RBI single to Adam Dunn that tied the game. It was just his third blown save in 38 chances, so his success rate is still pretty high. Blown saves happen.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 12:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Stephen Drew
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Chase Headley
2Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
3Eury Perez
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Slade Heathcott
3Mason Williams
RF1Martin Prado
2Ichiro Suzuki
3Tyler Austin
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4Brandon McCarthy
5Shane Greene
6Chris Capuano
7CC Sabathia
8Ivan Nova
9David Phelps
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Dellin Betances
3Shawn Kelley
4Justin Wilson
5Adam Warren
6Esmil Rogers
7David Huff
8Preston Claiborne
9Rich Hill
10Bryan Mitchell
11Chase Whitley
12Jose De Paula
13Daniel Burawa
14Branden Pinder