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Mariano Rivera sets new saves record

Updated: September 20, 2011, 12:17 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It's been said again and again over his 16-year career. And now it's official: Mariano Rivera is the top closer in baseball history.

The seemingly ageless right-hander recorded his 602nd career save on Monday in the New York Yankees' 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins, placing him alone atop baseball's career saves list.

"It's a blessing," Rivera said. "I never thought that I'd be doing this for so many years and be able to accomplish (this) record."

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