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Yankees veterans are Panama-bound

Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter celebrate the win

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VIERA, Fla. -- The Yankees, who will play two games this weekend in Panama City held in honor of Mariano Rivera, will depart early Thursday night.

Among those scheduled to go are Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Brian McCann, David Robertson, Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Beltran, Adam Warren, John Ryan Murphy, Gary Sanchez, Jose Gil, Anna and Solarte.

Few veterans make long trips of any kind during...

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Yankees, Marlins to play in Panama this spring

Mariano Rivera promotes New Era baseball caps featuring

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The Yankees and Miami Marlins will play a two-game exhibition series in Panama in March to celebrate the legacy of Mariano Rivera and bring Major League Baseball to the country for the first time since 1947.

The “Legend Series,” a revival of the 2003 World Series, will be played March 15-16 at Panama City’s Rod Carew Stadium. The games will honor the newly retired Yankees closer, who will...

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Who follows Mariano Rivera to the ninth inning for Yankees?

Yankees pitcher David Robertson looks on during the

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While Mariano Rivera was comfortably locking down games in the ninth inning for the Yankees in seasons past, fans and media members were free to wonder: “Who will be Mo’s heir?”

Nearly every hard-throwing prospect in the Yankees’ system or fleetingly successful set-up man was entered in the discussion. Phil Hughes. Joba Chamberlain. Mark Melancon. J.B. Cox (for those of you with particularly...

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Mariano Rivera named American League Comeback Player of the Year

Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera tips his cap to

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Mariano Rivera has been named the American League Comeback Player of the Year. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano earned the honor in the National League.

In his final MLB season, Rivera, who announced his retirement before the 2013 season, had a 2.11 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 44 saves in 64 appearances. He compiled a 6-2 record and struck out 54 batters. The 43-year-old closer was returning...

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Do the Yankees need David Robertson insurance?

David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees

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Mariano Rivera has announced his intention to retire following the 2013 season, and it’s widely assumed that Yankees setup man David Robertson will step into his shoes as closer.

But is that wise?

Robertson has many qualities that make him an ideal candidate for the ninth inning. He’s striking out 10.87 batters per nine innings this season and has a career 11.84 K/9. He rarely allows...

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Mariano Rivera blows save in three straight games for first time in career

Mariano Rivera reacts after giving up a solo

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More often than not, seeing Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning means game over. But not on Sunday.

For the first time in his career, Rivera blew a save in his third straight games. The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back home runs off Rivera to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth Sunday.

But for the second time in three games Brett Gardner came...

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