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Yankees reliever named MVP after 3 innings

Updated: October 17, 2003, 2:39 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- In a battle of pitching attrition, Joe Torre had the man he wanted on the mound for the New York Yankees at the end of Game 7 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

For two innings, Mariano Rivera is as close to a sure thing as there is in baseball. But after Rivera had pitched two innings Thursday night, the game was still tied at 5. Torre squeezed another inning out of him, the first time he had asked the slender reliever to go that long since 1996, when ...

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