Soriano gets 40th save, raves from Joe

September, 16, 2012
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Rafael Soriano recorded his 40th save on Sunday, becoming the fourth Yankees pitcher to do so since 1969. He finished 6-for-6 against the Rays this year.

Manager Joe Girardi raved about Soriano's performance in the closer's role this year after he took over for Mariano Rivera early in the year. Soriano has only blown three saves for the Yankees and has been a critical reason why the team is in first in the AL East.

"I think a lot of people were extremely concerned when Mo went down, what was going to happen to the New York Yankees in the 9th inning," Girardi said. "We had to sort that out. It sorted itself out. Baseball has a way of doing that.

"He’s been tremendous. I can’t say enough about the job that he has done for us. I've always said that I would not want to be the guy that had to step into Mo’s shoes. That’s a tough call, that’s a tough duty. He’s been tremendous."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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