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Mariano Rivera Bids Farewell to Yankee Stadium

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was an emotional night for Mariano Rivera as he bid farewell to Yankee Stadium, a place he's called home for a better part of the past two decades.

Baseball's all-time saves leader pitched at Yankee Stadium for the final time in New York's 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.  He entered the game in the eighth inning to a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd and pitched into the top of the ninth.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Rivera's longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to remove him from the game for the last time. Pettitte is also retiring at the end of the season.

A sobbing Rivera embraced both Pettitte and Jeter on the mound as fans and players alike paid tribute to baseball's most acclaimed relief pitcher.

"I was bombarded with emotions and feeling that I couldn't describe," Rivera said after the game. "Everything hit at that time. I knew that was the last time. Period. I never felt like that before."

It was a special moment that will go down as one of the greatest in the history of Yankee Stadium.  After the game, manager Joe Girardi said he conceived the idea of sending both Pettitte and Jeter to the mound during the eighth inning, and received the go-ahead from crew chief Mike Winters.

"I've never seen a player pull another player, so I had to ask. And then one of them was on the DL," Girardi said.  "Then I said, 'Well, can I send two?' and they said, 'Well, go ahead.' And I really appreciate (that) because I think it made the moment even more special for Mo."

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Yankees Miss Playoffs for the Second Time in 19 Years

NY Yankees/MLB(NEW YORK) --  The New York Yankees fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 Wednesday night, but their playoff fate was settled before the final pitch was thrown.

Once the Cleveland Indians topped the Chicago White Sox, the Yankees were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for just the second time in the past 19 years. 

Despite having the highest payroll in the majors at $230 million, the Yankees failed to qualify for one of the five playoff spots in the American League.

"We didn't get to where we wanted to get," manager Joe Girardi said after the game.  "It's extremely disappointing, and back to the drawing board. It hurts."

Yankee fans will get a chance to bid farewell to Mariano Rivera Thursday night, when he makes his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.

"I'll be there for the fans. They deserve it," the 43-year-old said. "But it don't mean anything. I'm not used to pitching for something that doesn't mean anything. I wanted to pitch for something that means something."

Injures played a large part in the team's struggles this season.  They played the majority of the season without regulars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson.

With Rivera and Andy Pettitte retiring and the looming free agency of second baseman Robinson Cano, the Yankees face a ton of questions heading into the offseason.

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Andy Pettitte Announces His Retirement 

Jim McIssac/Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte announced that he is retiring at the end of the season.

This is the second retirement announcement of Pettitte's career.  He retired after the 2010 season only to return in March of 2012.  He has spent 15 of his 18 MLB seasons with the Yankees.

"I'm announcing my retirement prior to the conclusion of our season because I want all of our fans to know now -- while I'm still wearing this uniform -- how grateful I am for their support throughout my career. I want to have the opportunity to tip my cap to them during these remaining days and thank them for making my time here with the Yankees so special," Pettitte said in a statement.

The 41-year-old Pettitte has 255 career victories, five World Series championships, and is the all-time leader in postseason wins with 19.

Pettitte will be able to leave the game with one of his closest friends, closer Mariano Rivera.  Rivera is also retiring at the conclusion of the season.

The Yankees are still fighting for a playoff spot in the American League, but if they don't make the postseason, Pettitte's final start at Yankee Stadium will come on Sunday.  He enters the game with a 10-10 record and a 3.93 ERA this season.

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Yankees Nip Orioles, Move to Within One Game of Rays 

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) --  On the same day they found out Derek Jeter would be lost for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, the New York Yankees still found a way to win.

Robinson Cano broke a 3-3 tie with a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson also homered to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees moved past Baltimore and Cleveland in the AL wild-card hunt and closed within one game of the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost a 7-3 decision to the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night.

"That what you ask for," manager Joe Girardi said. "We have to continue to play well."

The Orioles led 3-1 in the fifth inning before Granderson's home run made it 3-2.  Rodriguez tied the game in the sixth with a solo shot of his own.

Andy Pettitte pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on nine hits.  Mariano Rivera gave up a run in the ninth but still managed to earn his 43rd save of the season.

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Yankees Complete Three-Game Sweep of White Sox

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- CC Sabathia pitched 7 1/3 strong innings and Mariano Rivera earned his first four batter save in more than two years as the New York Yankees topped the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Wednesday.

The win completes a three-game sweep of the White Sox (56-82) and places the Yankees (75-64) only 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the final American League Wild Card.

Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in the win.

The Yankees will now play four games at home versus the first place Red Sox.

Game 1 is tonight. Jake Peavy (11-5) will oppose Yankees starter Ivan Nova (8-4).

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Joe Girardi Wants Mariano Rivera to Reconsider Retirement

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With less than one month left in the storied career of New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, manager Joe Girardi is hoping to lure him back for at least one more season.

On Tuesday night, Rivera notched his 40th save of the season, the ninth time he's accomplished that feat.

Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, has made it well known that this will be his 19th and final season.

"I don't see any reason why he couldn't do it next year," Girardi said. "I don't. He's made it pretty clear he doesn't want to [return], but I always say, you know, January rolls around and sometimes you have a different feel about what you want to do."

Rivera has 648 career saves with a 2.21 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

In the postseason, Rivera has made 96 appearances and has 42 saves with a 0.70 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP.

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Soriano Lifts Yankees to Victory as Jeter Returns 

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The New York Yankees couldn't have scripted it any better.

Derek Jeter hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in his return from the disabled list, and Alfonso Soriano hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

"I said, 'Thank God,' because I didn't want to go out there and play in extra innings because I was tired," said Jeter after being activated from the disabled list for the second time this month. 

Soriano went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs in just his third game since coming over in a trade from the Chicago Cubs, helping the Yankees avoid a three-game sweep.

Mariano Rivera (2-2) earned the win by pitching a scoreless ninth inning for the Yankees.

Rays rookie sensation Wil Myers homered twice and drove in four runs against starter Phil Hughes, who received a no-decision.

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N.Y. Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera Receives Cheers At Fenway Park

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- A standing ovation for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera at Fenway Park on Saturday.

With New York leading Boston 5-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the all-time saves leader came out of the bullpen and received cheers from Red Sox fans.

The 13-time All-Star allowed one hit and struck out two to secure his 31st save of the season and 639th of his career. He has now recorded 57 saves against Boston with 35 of them coming at Fenway.

The 43-year-old Rivera is set to retire at the end of the year, after 19 big league seasons.

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American League Takes All-Star Game

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The American league took Major League Baseball's mid-summer classic, 3-0 over the National league, on Tuesday night at Citi Field in Queens, New York. 

Matt Harvey (New York Mets) started for the National League in his home park. The right-hander went two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. 

Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays) opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers). The American League struck again in the top of the fifth, with J.J. Hardy's (Baltimore Orioles) fielder's choice that scored his Oriole teammate, Adams Jones. Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians) rounded out the scoring with an RBI double in the top of the 8th inning, knocking in catcher Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals).

The night was highlighted by a standing ovation for New York Yankee reliever, Mariano Rivera, who is playing out his final season before retirement. The Yankee closer entered the game in the 8th inning, recording a clean inning and earning the game's MVP honors. 

Rivera was one of ten American League pitchers that contributed to the three-hit shutout.

Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox), notched the victory. Joe Nathan (Texas Rangers) recorded the save.

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Adam Jones Helps Orioles Edge Yankees 

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Adam Jones did not want him team to be swept by the New York Yankees, so he decided to do something about it.

Trailing 1-0 in the ninth, Jones launched a two-run home run off Mariano Rivera to help the Baltimore Orioles edge the Yankees 2-1 on Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep by their AL East rivals.

"It's off the greatest closer in the history of the game," Jones said. "I'll always remember it."

Rivera had converted his previous 41 save attempts at home dating back to 2010.  It was also only his second blown save in 31 attempts this season.

"I wanted it to be more in. Didn't get in enough," Rivera said. "It wasn't really a mistake, just good hitting."

Hiroki Kuroda dazzled for the Yankees, pitching seven scoreless innings.  David Robertson pitched 1-2-3 eighth before handing the ball to baseball's career saves leader.  Rivera wasn't able to get the job done and thus prevented the Yankees from sweeping the Orioles.

"Whenever it happens you're kind of shocked, that's how good he is," manager Joe Girardi said.

Darren O'Day (5-0) picked up the win for the Orioles.

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