Yankees Notebook: Mariano Rivera works on release point

Mariano Rivera blew just his second save of the season. Credit: Getty Images
Mariano Rivera has blown three straight saves.
Credit: Getty Images

Believe it or not, even the greatest closer of all time occasionally needs a tune up. Mariano Rivera spent part of Monday going over his release point on the pitches Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez hit for home runs over the weekend.

The review process involves pitching coach Larry Rothchild watching the tape and spotting the release point of the three pitches that were flat or had little or none of the late life that often allows Rivera to be effective.

“The release on the ball is not consistent,” Rivera said. “When you’re consistent, the ball has sharper breaks.”

None of those three pitches had any movement, which is why — with a little over a month left in his career if the Yankees miss the playoffs — Rivera is still working to fine tune things.

“You want to make sure the ball stays where you want it,” Rivera said.

Rivera has five blown saves and three have been due to allowing home runs. He gave up a home run to Adam Jones on July 7. He also had a blown save when he did not record an out for the first time in his career May 27 against the Mets and last Wednesday when he was strike away in Chicago.

Rivera’s poor location on those pitches over the weekend has led to him blowing three straight saves for the first time in his career.

“He’s earned it,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the amazement of when Rivera blows a save. “I don’t think there’s any relief pitcher close to what he’s done.”

Even with that blip, Rivera seemed to enjoy the good-natured give and take with the group of reporters in front of his locker, even drawing laughs.

“You have to enjoy it. The game is hard enough,” he said. “I’ve always been like that. Not only in the good times, but also in the bad. I can’t grab a bat and start chasing reporters.”

In other words don’t expect him to pound water coolers like Paul O’Neill famously did or slam his hand against a wall like Kevin Brown did in September 2004.

Instead, Rivera will enjoy the once-a-year conversation when people wonder if there’s anything wrong.

“It’s what I’ve been doing for 19 years,” Rivera said when asked about concern. “I don’t worry about it. We always have this kind of conversation. Early, late, middle of the season. It happens.”

Trout talks PEDs

Angels slugger Mike Trout spent the morning of his second appearance at Yankee Stadium talking about the recent steroid news.

A week after 13 players were suspended for their involvement with Biogenesis, Trout took the airwaves of WFAN and addressed the topic with “Boomer and Carton” on the morning drive show.

“To me personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught,” Trout said. “It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all-natural.

“Some people just are just trying to find that extra edge. It’s tough as a guy that goes out there and plays hard every day and puts [in] 110 percent effort. … To wake up, see there’s a list of guys that are on the list, it’s good that MLB caught them and they’re moving in the right direction with suspensions and stuff.”

Before Monday’s game, Trout did not elaborate on his comments and deferred to Angels player representative C.J. Wilson.

Scioscia did not respond to Trout’s comments directly since he had not heard them but did address the topic.

“I think the deterrent to keep playing a level playing field has been scrutinized over the years,” Scioscia said. “When it began, there was none, then it was 10 games and the second time you were caught people were dealt 50 or 100. I think it will continue to be scrutinized.”

Jeter update

Derek Jeter is a week into his third disabled list stint and slightly continued increasing his baseball activities from a calf injury by doing tee and toss work Monday. Jeter began throwing over the weekend while the team was on the field taking batting practice.

He will continue doing work by going to Tampa but there remains no definite date for his third return from the DL.

Follow Yankees beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands and smashed shops open to looters in the popular tourist area of Baja, Mexico.

National

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4 million…

By Lehar Maan(Reuters) - Apple Inc said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million…

National

LAPD investigates complaint from detained 'Django' actress

The LAPD is investigating after "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts accused police of violating her rights when they detained her.

Local

Number of New York City smokers increase, topping…

For the first time since 2007, there are  more than one million smokers in New York City, according to the New York City Department of…

Movies

Newsflash: Corey Stoll is still not a man

In director Shaun Levy's "This Is Where I Leave You," Corey Stoll stars as the oldest of four adult children (the others are played by…

Movies

If you don't like Simon Pegg's new film,…

Simon Pegg goes all out in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" as the titular psychiatrist stymied by modern life who embarks on a globetrotting…

Arts

Art in Chelsea: Don't miss these 3 galleries

We selected three sure bets for seeing cool art in the galleries of Chelsea.

Music

Robin Thicke blurs lines further with new 'Blurred…

"The reality is," said Robin Thicke about "Blurred Lines" in a court deposition, "Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song."

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

NFL

3 things we learned in Jets loss to…

The wheels came off for the Jets, who gave up 21 unanswered points after a brilliant first 20 minutes in a 31-24 loss at the Packers.

NFL

Victor Cruz catches case of the drops in…

The Giants dropped a tough, 25-14, decision to the undermanned Cardinals Sunday in their home opener. And drop was the operative word of the day,…

Travel

World's most hipster cities: Top 5

Travel blogger Adam Groffman tells us his picks for the Top 5 most hipster cities in the world.

Education

The top 5 regrets recent high school grads…

College application season can seem like a blur for many students - as test prep, campus visits and filling out a seemingly endless stream of…

Parenting

Tech execs tend to limit their kids' screen…

You probably got your iPad before Bill Gates's kids did.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing: Daybreaker returns, Ray Rice jersey trade, Sweet…

  Now that Ray Rice is no longer with the Baltimore Ravens — or any other NFL team — after video footage surfaced showing him…