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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was Marian Rivera's first big-league manager with the Yankees before then, he watched baseball's all-time saves leader develop through the minor leagues. So for Showalter, watching the video footage of Rivera misstep fielding a fly ball during batting practice, and the drastic injury is caused, was painful. “Knowing Mo as well as I know him, I could tell by the look on his face coming off the field that something wasn't right,” said Showalter, who managed the Yankees from 1992 to '95, the latter of which was Rivera's first big-league season.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
Manny Machado won't be playing in front of a national audience this October, but it's clear the Orioles' star third baseman has made an imprint beyond Baltimore in his second big league season. Major League Baseball released its list of the most popular jerseys that have been sold since the All-Star break, and Machado ranks fourth behind only Mariano Rivera, Matt Harvey and Yasiel Puig. The list is based on Majestic Athletic sales at the MLB.com shop. Chris Davis is the only other Oriole in the top 20, coming in at 16th.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
It took a while, but New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera finally got his sendoff in what was likely his final appearance at Camden Yards. A rain delay pushed back the Orioles' ceremony honoring the retiring Rivera. But when the future Hall of Famer trotted out toward the mound before Thursday night's game - an odd sight for a player best known best for his presence at the end of games - he was met with a standing ovation. Orioles manager Buck Showalter presented Rivera with a gift from the organization, a bronze sculpture of a bat and ball, before hugging him. The piece shows the ball hitting the bat underneath the barrel, with the bat beginning to break, an homage to the success Rivera has had jamming hitters over his 19-year career.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
It took a while, but New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera finally got his sendoff in what was likely his final appearance at Camden Yards. A rain delay pushed back the Orioles' ceremony honoring the retiring Rivera. But when the future Hall of Famer trotted out toward the mound before Thursday night's game - an odd sight for a player best known best for his presence at the end of games - he was met with a standing ovation. Orioles manager Buck Showalter presented Rivera with a gift from the organization, a bronze sculpture of a bat and ball, before hugging him. The piece shows the ball hitting the bat underneath the barrel, with the bat beginning to break, an homage to the success Rivera has had jamming hitters over his 19-year career.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones says he doesn't know what his statistics are against opposing pitchers, so when he walked to the plate in the ninth inning Sunday he didn't realize he had just two singles and four strikeouts in 10 previous at-bats against the best closer in baseball history, Mariano Rivera. After launching a one-out, two-run home run over the left field wall to give the Orioles an eventual 2-1 victory, stun the screaming, announced crowd of 40,218 and stop the New York Yankees from competing a three-game sweep, Jones admitted he won't be forgetting that plate appearance against Rivera anytime soon.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 24, 2000
NEW YORK - Looking back on Saturday's 12-inning loss, New York Mets first baseman Todd Zeile was restrained in the amount of credit he gave the Yankees. They had fought back from a 3-2 deficit in the ninth to extend the game, ultimately achieve a victory and seize the advantage in the 2000 World Series. But had they earned it? "I think we handed them Game 1 on a platter," Zeile said. Armando Benitez was their not-so-friendly waiter. While managers and players on both sides continued yesterday to sort through the mess resulting from Roger Clemens' bat-heaving episode with Mike Piazza on Sunday, there's also the matter of Benitez's unreliability in the postseason, which greatly contrasts with Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
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By RAY FRAGER | January 23, 2009
2001 World Series 8 p.m. [MLB Network] Game 7: Mariano Rivera on the mound to lock down another World Series triumph for the Yankees. But somehow the Diamondbacks win.
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October 30, 2009
* Mark Teixeira, right, and Hideki Matsui homer off Pedro Martinez, helping New York to a 3-1 victory, tying the World Series at one game apiece heading into Saturday's matchup in Philadelphia. Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett gave up four hits in seven innings, and Mariano Rivera earned a two-inning save. PG 7
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July 6, 2010
Numbers tell the story Nick Fierro Morning Call Mariano Rivera. Mariano Rivera. Mariano Rivera. There can be no possible argument against this. Rivera has saved 544 games since breaking into the majors — as a less than mediocre starter in 1995. He's pitched 1,1221/3 innings and allowed just 864 hits and 262 walks. Nine times, including last year, he's finished the season with an ERA under 2.00. And that's just the regular season. He's better in the playoffs, in which he owns a 0.74 ERA in 88 appearances, including 39 saves.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | July 18, 2007
If someone had bet you that Chris Ray would have more saves on July 17 than Mariano Rivera, would you have taken it? Outfielder Nolan Reimold remains in Sarasota, Fla., while recovering from a strained oblique. He has appeared in only 19 games at Bowie, batting .329 with three homers and 14 RBIs. He has played one game in Sarasota. There's no timetable for Reimold's return to Bowie. roch.kubatko@baltsun.com For more Roch Around the Clock, go to baltimoresun.com/roch
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
During a player's postgame television interview after a big game, it's the norm to see Orioles center fielder Adam Jones stalking in the background, searching for the right moment to deliver a shaving cream pie to the face of the interviewee. After Friday night's 6-0 win over Boston, Jones got a double dose of his own medicine, receiving two pies to the face - including one from hitting coach Jim Presley. Jones' performance warranted it, too. He went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs for this third career multi-home run game and first since May 29, 2012 at Toronto.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
NEW YORK -- When most people recall the 84th All-Star Game held Tuesday night at Citi Field, they're going to think about Mariano Rivera's perfect eighth inning - the last appearance in the midsummer classic for the greatest closer in baseball history. From the moment the retiring Yankee came out of the visiting bullpen and Metallica's “Enter Sandman” blared on the loudspeaker, the crowd of 45,186 rose to its feet and everyone - including the All-Stars on each side - stopped and cheered the singular figure on the mound.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
NEW YORK - Along the far side of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field on Monday afternoon, there was a scene that hasn't occurred at the All-Star Game in years: A full-fledged Orioles row. One wall, five tables and five Orioles players - all answering rapid-fire questions that ranged from deep to dumb in the annual media briefing a day before the midsummer classic. What does Chris Tillman think about the Biogenesis scandal? Why does Chris Davis believe 61 is more impressive than 73?
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Kevin Cowherd | July 7, 2013
That sigh of relief you heard a little after 4 on Sunday afternoon came from Orioles Nation - yes, there is one again - which had been watching the drama unfolding up in the Bronx with a mixture of dread and resignation. I don't even want to think about what it would have been like in this town today if the O's had been swept by the New York Yankees over the weekend. The moaning, the wailing, the gnashing of teeth - and that would have just been in the MASN booth. Instead, the Orioles pulled out a 2-1 win on Adam Jones' two-run shot in the ninth inning off the great Mariano Rivera, putting a little bounce in their step as they begin a seven-game home-stand before the All-Star break.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones says he doesn't know what his statistics are against opposing pitchers, so when he walked to the plate in the ninth inning Sunday he didn't realize he had just two singles and four strikeouts in 10 previous at-bats against the best closer in baseball history, Mariano Rivera. After launching a one-out, two-run home run over the left field wall to give the Orioles an eventual 2-1 victory, stun the screaming, announced crowd of 40,218 and stop the New York Yankees from competing a three-game sweep, Jones admitted he won't be forgetting that plate appearance against Rivera anytime soon.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2013
While Chris Davis crushed his way through an Orioles record earlier Friday night with his 31st home run of the season, closer Jim Johnson achieved his own milestone about 90 minutes later in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the New York Yankees. When Johnson got Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner to ground out to second baseman Alexi Casilla, who flipped the ball with his glove to shortstop J.J. Hardy to force catcher Chris Stewart out at second base, it closed the door on Johnson's 28th save of the season -- and his 100th of his career.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
Manny Machado won't be playing in front of a national audience this October, but it's clear the Orioles' star third baseman has made an imprint beyond Baltimore in his second big league season. Major League Baseball released its list of the most popular jerseys that have been sold since the All-Star break, and Machado ranks fourth behind only Mariano Rivera, Matt Harvey and Yasiel Puig. The list is based on Majestic Athletic sales at the MLB.com shop. Chris Davis is the only other Oriole in the top 20, coming in at 16th.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
[ Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues. ] About last night Gonzalez and Orioles beat Red Sox, 4-2 Schmuck: Will Red Sox get pay back or just lay back? Andino gets tested for concussion after game O's could cost a betting site six figures if O's win East Lefty Troy Patton back after long recovery Hammel still optimistic after side session Jim Thome says he's ready to rumble Friday's full scoreboard AL East Standings NYY       87-63     -- BAL       86-64     1 TB         81-70    6.5 AL Wild-Card Standings BAL        86-64      -- OAK       85-65         -- LAA        82-69      3.5 TB          81-70     4.5 DET        79-70     5.5 Today's game Orioles at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. LHP Randy Wolf (5-10, 5.66 ERA)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
In talking about Jim Johnson's path to becoming one of the top closers in the game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter often compares Johnson to all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera. That's obviously a difficult comparison, but Showalter has talked about how Rivera didn't “cheat the system” and about how he worked his way up through the late innings until he was ready to become the Yankees closer, and that helped him flourish. In his role, Johnson has done the same. On Wednesday, he tied a franchise record by converting his 34thconsecutive save opportunity, equaling Randy Myers' mark set in 1997.
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March 10, 2013
Forever a cut above Phil Rogers Chicago Tribune Let's be honest. Luis Gonzalez didn't exactly smoke his single off Mariano Rivera in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. He fought off a cutter and fisted it just out of Derek Jeter's reach. But that's the Rivera appearance I think of first when I think about his great career – one time he failed, not any of the 42 times when he nailed down a postseason save. That's how great Rivera has been. His ability to maintain his peacefulness on the mound in huge spots, time and time again, for more than 15 years put him on a level beyond the five relievers already in the Hall of Fame – Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Hoyt Wilhelm, Goose Gossage and Bruce Sutter.
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