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Enter Sandman: Mariano Rivera's Greatest Saves

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The Closer

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April 5, 1997: After a third-place finish in the Cy Young Award vote as a setup man in '96, Mo takes over as the closer and gets the first of 43 saves. Dwight Gooden wins, Paul O'Neill hits a grand slam and Derek Jeter goes 4-for-6 in Oakland.