MLB: NY Yankees 7, Toronto 4

TORONTO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez's tie-breaking, two-run single in the ninth helped the New York Yankees rally past Toronto Thursday night, 7-4.

MLB: NY Yankees 5, Cleveland 4

CLEVELAND, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Hideki Matsui had a tie-breaking single in the top of the ninth Tuesday to give the New York Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

MLB: NY Yankees 6, Cleveland 4

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Gary Sheffield hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth Monday to give the New York Yankees a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

MLB: New York Yankees 4, Texas 2

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Tanyon Sturtze worked out of a first-inning jam Wednesday night and teamed with three pitchers to carry the New York Yankees past Texas, 4-2.

MLB: NY Yankees 8, Oakland 6 (11 inn.)

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez delivered a two-run homer in the 11th inning Wednesday night, giving the New York Yankees an 8-6 win over Oakland.

MLB: NY Yankees 6, Baltimore 4

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored Saturday to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB: New York Yankees 2, Baltimore 1

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- Kevin Brown, fresh off the disabled list, allowed four hits and a run over 6 1/3 innings Friday night as the New York Yankees edged Baltimore, 2-1.

MLB: NY Yankees 6, Toronto 5

TORONTO, July 26 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-5, in 10 innings Monday thanks to Tony Clark's two-out double in the top of the inning.

MLB: Boston 11, NY Yankees 10

BOSTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Bill Mueller's two-run homer off Mariano Rivera with one out in the bottom of the ninth gave Boston an 11-10 win Saturday over the New York Yankees.

MLB: New York 8, Boston 7

BOSTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning Friday night that allowed the New York Yankees to outlast Boston, 8-7.

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 1, Toronto 0

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) -- A walk-off solo home run by Reuben Sierra Thursday gave the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory over Toronto.

MLB: NY Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 20 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay, 4-2, Tuesday as Gary Sheffield hit a go-ahead two-run homer and had three runs batted in.

MLB: NY Yankees 5, Detroit 3

DETROIT, July 17 (UPI) -- Gary Sheffield's two-run home run snapped a fifth-inning tie Saturday and led the New York Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

MLB: New York Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4

NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) -- Paul Quantrill, Tom Gordon and Mariano Rivera combined for 3 1/3 innings of relief Friday night as the New York Yankees rallied past Tampa Bay, 5-4.

MLB: New York Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 1

NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) -- Jose Contreras allowed three hits over 6 2/3 innings Thursday night as the New York Yankees defeated Tampa Bay, 7-1.
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Mariano Rivera
New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera walks back to the dugout after the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago on August 2, 2009. The Yankees won 8-5. UPI/Brian Kersey

Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969) is a Panamanian right-handed baseball pitcher who has played 17 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Nicknamed "Mo", Rivera has served as a relief pitcher for most of his career, and since 1997, he has been the Yankees' closer. A 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Rivera ranks first in MLB history in games finished (880) and saves (601). His achievements include winning the American League (AL) Rolaids Relief Man Award five times, the 1999 World Series MVP Award, and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP Award.

Rivera was signed by the Yankees organization in 1990 as an amateur free agent in Panama, and he debuted in the major leagues in 1995. Initially a starting pitcher, he struggled in the role and was consequently converted to a relief pitcher. After a breakthrough season in 1996 as a setup man, he became the Yankees' closer in 1997. In the following years, he established himself as one of baseball's top relievers, leading the major leagues in saves in 1999, 2001, and 2004. His presence in the late innings of games to record the final outs has played an instrumental role in the Yankees' success in the late-1990s and 2000s. His pitching repertoire consists primarily of one pitch—a sharp-breaking, mid-90s mile per hour (mph) cut fastball that has been called an all-time great pitch.

Rivera is regarded as one of the most dominant relievers in baseball history. Pitching with a longevity and consistency uncommon to the closer role, he has saved at least 25 games in a record 15 consecutive seasons and has posted an earned run average (ERA) under 2.50 in 12 seasons. Rivera has further distinguished himself with a calm, placid demeanor that contrasts with the demonstrative nature of many of his peers. An exceptional postseason performer, he holds postseason records for saves (42) and ERA (0.71), among other records. Sportswriters anticipate Rivera will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame upon retirement. He intends to work in philanthropy after his baseball career.

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