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Mariano Rivera Gets 34th Save for 2011, Now Has 593 Career, Needs 8 To Tie Hoffman

Sports SectionBy DON WINNER for - Mariano Rivera, the star closing pitcher for the New York Yankees, picked up his 34th save of the 2011 Major League Baseball season in the 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. With this save Rivera now has a total of 593 career saves, meaning he needs just eight more saves to tie Trevor Hoffman who retired after last season with 601 career saves, the most of any pitcher in history. There are 29 more games remaining on the Yankee's regular season schedule at this point. Rivera has been averaging one save for every 3.88 games this season - meaning that if he stays on pace Rivera could get another seven or eight saves before the end of the regular season. If the Yankees make the playoffs then he will get a few more, so there's a very good chance he will hit the 602 mark sometime this season. It's just another record for the man who already holds 17 regular season records, 13 post season records, two All Star records, and six team records. However, this is the "big one" - most career saves. When he reaches 602 Mariano Rivera will just be cementing what many already know, that he's the best closer of all time.

Copyright 2011 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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