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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Rangers to honor Yankees' Rivera

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers will honor retiring New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera during a special pre-game ceremony before Thursday's game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Rangers closer Joe Nathan and former Texas closer John Wetteland, who was succeeded as the Yankees closer in 1997, will participate in the ceremony scheduled to start at 12:50 p.m. The Rangers and Yankees will play the final game of a four-game series at 1:05 p.m.

Rivera is concluding a 19-year career with the Yankees. He has two saves and seven scoreless innings in five postseason appearances at Rangers Ballpark.

Nathan and Rivera were linked together in Tuesday's All-Star Game at New York's Citi Field. Rivera pitched the eighth inning -- American League manager Jim Leyland wanted to make sure the future Hall of Famer pitched in the game -- and that Nathan to pitch the ninth inning and earn the save in a 3-0 AL victory.

Nathan gave Rivera the game ball from the victory.

Rivera is the all-time leader in both regular season (638) and postseason (42) saves. He is 2-2 with a 2.47 ERA and is 19-for-21 in his save opportunities at Rangers Ballpark, the most career saves for an opponent in the ballpark.