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August 12, 2013

What You Need to Know

Rivera's Rare Hiccup

by Daniel Rathman


The Weekend Takeaway
As former Yankees beat writer Pete Abraham pointed out on Twitter yesterday afternoon, sometimes a series of hiccups can remind us of a player’s greatness. Fortunately for the team Abraham covered before moving to the Boston Globe, Mariano Rivera’s hiccups this weekend merely delayed victories instead of costing them games.

Despite flubbing a save opportunity on August 7 in a one-run contest that the Yankees ultimately dropped to the White Sox, Rivera sported a 1.70 ERA, remarkable for a 43-year-old pitcher in his 18th big-league season. That hiccup was his third blown chance of the year, and heading into Friday’s opener against the Tigers, he still had permitted only two home runs in 42 1/3 innings of work.

Then, with Austin Jackson on second, two out in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees up 3-1, Miguel Cabrera came along and did this:

Rivera had Cabrera on the ropes and in pain, the result of two inside cutters that the third baseman fouled off his knee and leg. But he made a rare mistake, a cutter that started near the inside corner and worked back toward Broadway, and Cabrera sent it a mile to dead center to tie the game.

All was well for the Yankees, who won that game on a walk-off single by Brett Gardner in the bottom of the 10th, but Rivera and Cabrera would meet again less than 48 hours later. And the result would be the same.

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