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Mariano Rivera Needs Just Five More To Tie Hoffman at 601

Sports SectionBy DON WINNER for - Mariano Rivera, the famous Panamanian closing pitcher for the New York Yankees racked up four saves in quick succession in recent days. He appeared on 29 August against Baltimore, on 30 August and 1 September against Boston, and on 2 September against Toronto. In those four games he gave up a total of two hits and two walks, got five strikeouts, allowed no runs, and did what he always does - shut down the last batting opportunities for the opposition to secure the win for the Yankees. Mariano now has 596 total saves in his career. He now needs just five more to reach and tie Trevor Hoffman at 601. Hoffman is currently the record holder, and he retired at the end of last season. Chances are very good that Mariano Rivera will first reach Hoffman, and then pass him to take the record, before the end of this season. What's more, there's no signs of any kind of a falloff in Rivera's performance. He might have two or three more seasons in that amazing arm of his. Which means hundreds more broken bats, strikeouts, and wins for the New York Yankees. Stay tuned, and don't miss it when this most famous of Panamanians makes history. It is a record that will stand for a very, very long 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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