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Mariano Rivera spotless in first game action since knee surgery

Mar 9, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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After announcing his intention to retire following the 2013 season earlier this morning, Rivera made his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon against the Braves. And it didn’t take him long to shake the rust following knee surgery.

In his first game action since last May, Rivera notched two strikeouts over a perfect inning of work. Topping out at 92 mph, the 43-year-old induced a pop-up from Dan Uggla and struck out Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson looking before he left the field to a standing ovation. Are we sure that he can’t pitch forever? Just saying.

Between the Alex Rodriguez drama and the injuries to Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, there hasn’t been much good news for the Yankees this spring, but the successful debuts of Derek Jeter and Rivera should temper the panic talk. At least for a couple of days, anyway.

  1. dohpey28 - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    I think the man could be effective until he turns 53 if he so desired.

  2. fanofevilempire - Mar 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    nice, announce your retirement, hit the field, retire the side and leave
    them shaking their head asking,” so why is it he’s retiring ”
    amazing!

    • cackalackyank - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Its a good use of the old show-biz axiom…”Always leave them wanting more.”

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    And Jeter got a hit.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      and he will have many more then your shortstop will this year, enjoy another 4th place bluejay finish

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:26 AM

        Thanks for the laugh Harry. Your comment was quite funny.

  4. sleepyirv - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Rivera is one of those players that you imagine as never been told baseball is suppose to be hard.

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