First Pitch: Who will replace Mo and Andy?

September, 23, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter suited up for Mariano Rivera's farewell day, but was forced to watch from the dugout due to his season-ending ankle injury.

The Yankee captain was asked afterward what he thought about Rivera and Andy Pettitte's retirements.

"I'm going to miss them a lot. These guys are brothers to me, been through quite a bit together. Pretty much everything you can experience on the field," Jeter said. "My whole professional career I've been playing with at least one of them. I'll definitely miss them."

So will the Yankees.

With Pettitte and Rivera gone, it's time to start talking about replacing them.

Many people assume David Robertson is the guy to take Mariano's place. Do you? What about getting a pitcher with experience closing games like Fernando Rodney?

And Pettitte? Who should the Yankees chase in free agency to fill his role? Ubaldo Jimenez? Jorge De La Rosa? Another free-agent starter?

QUESTION: If you were Brian Cashman, how would you fill the vacancies left by Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte?

UP NOW: Johnette Howard's column on Mariano Rivera's day, along with a news story. Also, Matt Ehalt takes a look at Andy Pettitte's final regular season start in the Bronx.

ON DECK: The Yankees are off on Monday but will open a three-game series against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Hiroki Kuroda (11-12) faces Matt Moore (15-4). Andrew Marchand and Ian O'Connor will cover the game for ESPN New York.

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OPSY. Solarte .906
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