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Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Terry Collins and Albert Pujols

At the Yankees' victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto, I wrote that Mariano Rivera doesn't need the saves record to validate his status as the best closer in history. Sort of similar to what we discussed here on Friday, in other words.

--Alex Rodriguez had a strong first day back from his most recent injury respite, contributing a critical, three-run homer.

--Amidst concerns about CC Sabathia's recent workload, Joe Girardi disclosed yesterday that Sabathia recently asked for an extra day of rest between starts. I'll continue to give Sabathia the benefit of the doubt until he actually pitches poorly in the playoffs.

--Austin Romine looked fine behind the plate yesterday, in his second major-league start, and that probably matters more than his lack of offense. Should an emergency situation arise in which Russell Martin suffered a serious injury and Romine needed to start postseason games, the Yankees can probably survive an empty offensive spot. Not so much terrible defense at catcher.

--Robinson Cano goofed on the bases, in a double play that would have been highly discussed if the Yankees hadn't come back to win.

--Down in Atlanta, Terry Collins voiced his support for the return of Jose Reyes and David Wright. The saga of Reyes' free agency looks like one of the more fascinating such tales in recent baseball history, thanks to divergent forces like Reyes' production, his health issues, the way he connects with fans and the questions concerning whether another team will roll the dice on a Reyes megadeal.

Meanwhile, the Mets lost, with Chipper Jones the primary offender once more. R.A. Dickey pitched great, but didn't hit very well.

--For my Sunday Insider, I wrote about Albert Pujols, Don Mattingly and Chien-Ming Wang.

--Have a great day.


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