Mariano Rivera was summoned for the six out save, but was unable to do so after giving up a homer to Will Middlebrooks in the 9th inning. The Yankees would not be denied in their quest for a victory when Ichiro Suzuki singled in the bottom of the ninth, stole second, advanced to third on a fly ball out by Vernon Wells and scored on a wild pitch with Alfonso Soriano at bat. In the end, it wasn’t all bad. Mariano Rivera was credited with the victory and the Yankees were able to starve off the Red Sox to avoid a brutal beating in four straight games.
— Hiroki Kuroda turned things around for the Yankees, going six innings, giving up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts. The Yankees were in a dire need for Kuroda to turn it around and finally, Kuroda restored order.
— And it’s time for the annual rookie hazing. This year we have rookies dressing as pop stars. Here’s the run down: Preston Claiborne is Billy Ray Cyrus, J.R. Murphy is Justin Bieber, Brett Marshall was Psy’s right hand man, Juwon Bang (Hiroki Kuroda‘s interpreter) was Psy and Cesar Cabral was Rick James. Nice bunch there but personally my favorite rookie hazing was making the rookies wear backpacks of Dora The Explorer and Blues Clues.
— Mariano Rivera was more than willing to do the two out save. “It’s not like I’m coming back next year.” Well, there goes Joe Girardi‘s plan of trying to convince Rivera to stay beyond this season.
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