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UPDATE: Mariano Rivera sits out third straight save opportunity

May 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

UPDATE: Mariano Rivera may have wanted to pitch today, but the Yankees turned to Boone Logan and then Alfredo Aceves to close out a 7-5 victory in a messy ninth inning. With a scheduled day off tomorrow, Joe Girardi apparently wanted to give Rivera extra rest before the series against Boston begins Friday.

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Unavailable for the past two games because of soreness in his left side, Mariano Rivera said this morning that he “feels better” and “could go out there” if needed this afternoon against the Orioles.
Actually, he said the second day off “wasn’t necessary.” Obviously it’s tough to blame the Yankees for playing it safe with Rivera, especially since Joba Chamberlain converted both save opportunities while filling in.
Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com notes that Chamberlain is the first Yankees pitcher other than Rivera to “record consecutive saves since Juan Acevedo in 2003 and Mike Stanton in 1998.”

  1. YANKEES1996 - May 5, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    I don’t blame Girardi at all for resting Mo, it is not a bad thing to throw Joba in there and rack up a few saves. Joe, throw Joba in there for a couple of save chances against better teams as well. I have always believed and still believe that Joba will be a good closer and like I’ve said before learning from Mo cannot hurt.

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