Mo: 'I was born ready'

March, 5, 2012
3/05/12
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Everyone breathe a big sigh of relief. Mariano Rivera threw his first live batting practice this morning, and although both Chris Dickerson and Francisco Cervelli had some good hacks -- Cervelli, in fact ripped what would have been two doubles down the left-field line, half his output of doubles for all of 2011 -- all of Mo's 42-year-old body parts remained intact and the closer extraordinaire said he "felt good.''

"Just trying to work, make sure my arm speed his there, my release, all that stuff,'' he said after throwing 28 pitches and two pitchouts. "And it was good, it was good. The ball was moving and going where I wanted it to. It was great.''

Rivera said he will throw one more live BP, probably Thursday, before possibly pitching in his first game this weekend. Asked if he was ready to face hitters in a game, Rivera had the perfect answer: "I'll be ready. I was born ready.''

Anyone care to dispute that?
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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