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Rivera proves, again, he still has it

Even at 43, Mariano Rivera can still finish off the best hitters in baseball

Updated: June 20, 2013, 7:39 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- At its essence, a baseball game is a series of one-on-one confrontations, and in their past two games, the Yankees have finished up with two of the most compelling the game has to offer.

On Sunday in Anaheim, it was Mariano Rivera against Albert Pujols with the bases loaded and the Yankees clinging to a one-run lead.

On Wednesday in the Bronx, it was Rivera against Yasiel Puig with the bases empty and the Yankees trying to protect a two-run lead.

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