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  1. Mariano Rivera is aiming to pitch in September

    Jul 16, 2012, 7:18 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Even though the blood clot in his leg delayed his ACL surgery, Mariano Rivera is still hoping he can make it back in time to pitch for the Yankees during the final month of the season. “That’s my goal,” Rivera said on Michael Kay’s radio show Monday. “Definitely, that’s my goal. I’m not thinking about…

  2. Mariano Rivera probably won’t pitch this season … but he could

    Jul 10, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Brian Cashman and everyone with the Yankees has said that Mariano Rivera is out for 2012. Cashman said it as recently as yesterday. But as Joel Sherman reports in the New York Post, at least one person thinks Mo could come back this season: the doctor overseeing his rehab. Dr. Keith Pyne says that Rivera’s timetable…

  3. Ron Washington picks Fernando Rodney as All-Star closer

    Jul 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    Fernando Rodney simply making the All-Star team at age 35 and after five consecutive seasons with an ERA higher than 4.00 is amazing enough, but apparently he’ll also be asked to close out the game if the American League has a ninth-inning lead. Rodney told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that AL manager…

  4. David Robertson to come off DL, rejoin Yankees on Friday

    Jun 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Reuters David Robertson

    After a brief minor-league rehab assignment for a strained oblique muscle David Robertson is ready to return from the disabled list. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that Robertson will join the Yankees in Atlanta tonight and then be activated from the DL in time to be available for Friday’s game against the Nationals.…

  5. Mariano Rivera finally had his surgery

    Jun 12, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera’s much-delayed ACL surgery was finally performed today.  You’re not gonna believe this, but the doctors say the surgery was a success.  Glad to hear that, of course, but we all still await the athlete’s surgery which is characterized as “a total cluster.” Rivera expects to miss the whole season.

  6. David Robertson could rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen this weekend

    Jun 11, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Reuters David Robertson

    David Robertson has been sidelined for nearly a month with a left oblique strain, but the Yankees could finally have him back in their bullpen for Friday’s series opener against the Nationals. According to Barry M. Bloom of, Robertson tossed a scoreless inning in his first rehab appearance yesterday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Yankees manager…

  7. Can MLB do anything about video of an alleged spitball?

    Jun 11, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Rivera spitball

    In the wake of the alleged Jose Valverde spitball thing, the first question many people asked me was whether MLB can or would do anything about it.  My guess, based on recent history, is that they probably can do something but probably won’t either, for a couple of reasons. The history: in game 3 of…

  8. David Robertson is still weeks away from rejoining Yankees

    May 31, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    David Robertson has been out since May 11 with a strained oblique muscle and today general manager Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that the Yankees reliever is at least two weeks from potentially coming off the disabled list. Robertson was manager Joe Girardi’s initial choice to replace Mariano Rivera as closer,…

  9. Dan Naulty talks about steroid use, sexual abuse, Yankee prayer meetings

    May 29, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    Dan Naulty

    While I’d recommend skipping the intro, the body of Tom Verducci’s latest work for Sports Illustrated is an incredible tale, that of former Twins and Yankees pitcher Dan Naulty. Among the things Naulty discusses are how steroids took him from 180 pounds to 240 and added 10 mph to his fastball, how the sexual abuse…

  10. Blood clot delays Mariano Rivera’s ACL surgery

    May 22, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera appeared at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and said there’s still no date for his ACL surgery after he was diagnosed with a blood clot earlier this month. Rivera is on blood thinners for the blood clot in his right calf, preventing doctors from repairing his ACL at the moment. It still could be…

  11. Yankees place new closer David Robertson on disabled list with strained oblique

    May 15, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    UPDATE: After keeping Robertson active but unavailable for several days New York placed him on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle, leaving Soriano to close for the near future. ========== David Robertson‘s attempt to replace Mariano Rivera as Yankees closer isn’t off to a great start. Robertson narrowly escaped a jam to record…

  12. David Robertson blows a save, but it’s not the end of the world

    May 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    David Robertson blew a 1-0 ninth-inning lead, allowing four runs on three hits and a walk.  Here’s the New York Post this morning: Obviously it was going to be a big deal the first time Robertson blew a save in the post-Mariano Rivera world. But I do hope that no one loses perspective here and starts…

  13. Mariano Rivera was probably pitching in 2013 regardless

    May 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Given that Mariano Rivera indicated he had already made a decision about his status for 2013 going into the spring, most assumed 2012 would be his last year. He wasn’t willing to reveal anything publically at the time, but speculation was that he’d announce his retirement in July. We know that won’t happen now, as…

  14. Mariano Rivera had a blood clot in his calf

    May 9, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    We now know what the “complication” was in Mariano Rivera‘s exam the other day: he had a blood clot.  Here’s how we know this: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that they’re all standing next to each other, in Rivera’s presence, looking kinda funny tweeting all at once. Hopefully they’re still…

  15. He’s back: Andy Pettitte to start for Yankees on Sunday

    May 8, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    Andy Pettitte hasn’t exactly been blowing away minor-league hitters, but the 39-year-old left-hander said over the weekend he was ready to return to the big leagues, and apparently the Yankees agree. General manager Brian Cashman just announced that Pettitte will be called up to start Sunday against the Mariners, which will be his first major…

  16. Mariano Rivera runs into “complications”

    May 8, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    This is scary, mostly because of how little information is actually provided. It seems that Mariano Rivera met with surgeons who were supposed to confirm his initial diagnosis and then set a date for his ACL surgery. Except … they didn’t: “We ran into complications,’’ agent Fernando Cuza told The Post. “I am referring to…

  17. Is there any chance of Mariano Rivera returning this year?

    May 7, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Now that Mariano Rivera has said he plans to rehab his torn ACL and pitch next season the natural question is whether there’s any chance he could return this year. One recent example of a pitcher coming back from a torn ACL in the same season is Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers, who suffered the…

  18. David Robertson, Rafael Soriano to share closer duties for a while

    May 4, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

    david robertson reuters’s Bryan Hoch spoke to Joe Girardi and he said that, to him at least, it sounds like both Rafael Soriano and David Robertson will be getting save opportunities in Mariano Rivera‘s absence. I figured that it would automatically fall to Robertson because is clearly the better pitcher. But really, if the lack of a…

  19. Mariano Rivera: “I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. … I’m not going out like this”

    May 4, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Probably never a good idea to make life decisions within 24 hours of something bad happening, but Mariano Rivera has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants to do: Mariano: “I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. … I’m not going out like this.” — Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) May…

  20. Keith Olbermann really doesn’t think that Rivera should have been shagging fly balls

    May 4, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT


    I’m sure Keith Olbermann had written this up in memo form for the Yankees years ago and had planned on sending them to warn them of the dangers of Mariano Rivera shagging fly balls before games. Probably didn’t get there because of some technical problem out of his control: Girardi is right: Shagging flies has…

  21. HBT Extra: looking ahead to the weekend

    May 4, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Tiffany and I taped this before Mariano Rivera got hurt, thus the lack of black armbands and us pouring some out for the man.

  22. His injury is awful, but the Yankees will be OK without Mariano Rivera

    May 4, 2012, 7:54 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Losing Mariano Rivera for the year and possibly forever is horrible for Yankees fans and non-Yankees fans alike. He is easily the best relief pitcher of all time and, as I sit here right now, I am struggling to think of any player in the past 20 years who is as universally respected and admired…

  23. If this is the end for Mariano Rivera, it’s a sad day for baseball

    May 4, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT


    Mariano Rivera’s career could be over. Think about that for a moment, and let it set in. If that is indeed the case, if the 42-year-old is unable to come back, or unwilling to go through the grueling rehab required to pitch again, then this is truly a sad day for baseball. Rivera was injured…

  24. This isn’t the way Mariano Rivera was supposed to go out

    May 4, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Maybe it’s still arguable on a quantity basis, but going strictly by quality, Mariano Rivera is the greatest reliever in major league history. The game’s all-time saves leader, Rivera has a 206 ERA+ in 1,219 2/3 career innings. The only reliever anywhere near shouting distance of that is Billy Wagner, who came in at 187…

  25. Mariano Rivera expected to miss rest of season with torn ACL in right knee

    May 4, 2012, 12:40 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    UPDATE: Mariano Rivera addressed reporters a short while ago, confirming that he has a torn ACL in his right knee and also hinted that there is damage to his meniscus. Rivera was quite emotional throughout, particularly after being asked whether he’ll attempt to come back from the injury or call it a career (via Bryan…

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