ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mariano Rivera's most memorable Subway Series moment wasn't when he notched career save 500 or career RBI No. 1, which happened the same Sunday night in 2009. Nor was it the 2000 World Series, when he saved Games 4 and 5.
"[When] I saved two games in one day; we played in two stadiums in one day," he said of the strange doubleheader that took place at Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium on July 8, 2000.
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But Rivera, who will experience the Subway Series a final time this week, said, "It's just another two games that we play."
He smiled. "The only good thing about that for me is the traveling," said Rivera, 20-for-22 in saves against the Mets in the regular season. "We don't get into any planes."
That's not to say he doesn't appreciate the passion of the city for the game, even though that excitement level is not considered as high as it once was.
"For me, they're not our rivals. It's more the fans," said Rivera, who will be honored by the Mets before Tuesday night's game at Citi Field. "The fans make it huge."
Vernon Wells said the Subway Series is something he's followed from afar, even before he broke into the big leagues.
"Early on, because it was a huge story for the two organizations to be playing each other, you see it and you pay attention to it," Wells said. "But I think over the last few years, not to say it's died out, but it's just not as big as it used to be."
Chris Stewart started the first game of this series, pinch hit Saturday and sat out Sunday's game. His left groin, which cost him the previous five games, is not completely healed.
Stewart said he "should be good" for Monday night.
It doesn't seem as if Eduardo Nuñez, on the DL since May 6 with a left oblique strain, will return anytime soon. "He was taking BP [Saturday], he was doing OK. Then he tried to really amp up some swings and said he felt a little something," Girardi said. "What does that mean? I don't know. Probably a few more days off."
Youkilis rehab games?
Mark Teixeira (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment in Trenton on Wednesday. Kevin Youkilis (back) hopes to accompany him. "They [the Yankees] make the call on that stuff," Youkilis said. "I'll push for it."
Lefthander David Huff, claimed off waivers from the Indians on Saturday, reported Sunday morning and appeared later in the day, allowing two walks, a hit and a run in the eighth inning. Ben Francisco, hitting .114 with a .220 on-base percentage in 21 games, was designated for assignment.