March 17, 2010

Rivera escapes jam in first spring outing

Mariano Rivera needed 27 pitches to make it through his first inning of spring training, but, of course, no runners came around to score.

“It was nice to go out there and throw good pitches,” Rivera said, adding that it felt “day and night” from a year ago, when he was on the comeback trail from shoulder surgery.

He allowed a hit and a walk, but struck out one.

Mo said he got too excited when asked about walking a hitter, something he did 12 times all of last season.

It creeps me out to step back and compare him to other elite pitchers. No other pitcher has the pinpoint control that he does. I’m sorry, but that’s hard to refute.

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