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Mariano Rivera saved the Yanks ... again

Sales job on management may have given Bombers some valuable peace of mind

Updated: January 14, 2011, 10:45 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

Mariano Rivera ended the 2010 baseball season with 559 career saves.

As he prepares to begins the 2011 season, his total now stands at 560.

Because Mariano Rivera, for 15 years the most important cog in the machine that is the New York Yankees, has apparently saved his team once more.

As befitting an aging king preparing to abdicate his throne, Rivera -- according to a source with intimate knowledge of the negotiations -- chose his own successor.

He chose Rafael ...

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