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Mariano Rivera prays for Yankees during Israel visit

Mariano Rivera promotes New Era baseball caps featuring

Mariano Rivera promotes New Era baseball caps featuring his jersey number, 42, in New York. (Nov. 21, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

JERUSALEM - Mariano Rivera says the Yankees' bullpen is getting by just fine without him.

Still, the 45-year-old retired closer put in a prayer for his former teammates during a visit to Israel on Thursday.

He says "they have a tremendous bullpen. They have a great team, period.

"Hopefully, they will continue doing the job that they have been doing for all this time," he adds. "I hope and pray that they will continue."

Rivera spent the day touring the Tower of David, an ancient Citadel and other famous sites in the Old City.

He retired after the 2013 season with a record 652 saves plus 42 more in the postseason. His son, Mariano Rivera Jr., agreed to a $410,700 signing bonus with Washington after the Nationals selected him last week on the fourth round of baseball's amateur draft.

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