Rivera likely to retire after new two-year deal runs out

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Mariano Rivera inked a two-year, $30 million contract last week with the Yankees.  It may be the last contract of his career.

Rivera, 41, posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 innings this past season, fanning 45 batters and walking only 11.  He converted 33 of his 38 save chances and did not allow a run in six postseason appearances.  Mo could probably pitch well into his mid-40s with that same cut fastball that seems to break every bat it touches, but he apparently won’t.

The closer and Yankees legend told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News on Saturday that he’s likely to hang up his cleats when his new deal with the Yankees runs out.

“I wanted two years,” Rivera said. “That will be fine.  I think maybe that might be the last two years.”

Rivera boasts a 2.23 career ERA and a 1.00 career WHIP with 559 saves to his name.  Closers don’t always have an easy road to the Hall of Fame, but he’s a no-doubter.

Masahiro Tanaka throws a Maddux

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You do know what a Maddux is, right? In case you forgot, it’s a complete game shutout in which the starter throws fewer than 100 pitches. Friend of HBT Jason Lukehart invented that little metric and, because Greg Maddux is my favorite player ever, it’s pretty much my favorite stat ever.

In the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight it was Masahiro Tanaka doing the honors, tossing 97-pitch three-hitter in which he only allowed one runner to reach second base to beat Boston 3-0. He only struck out three but he didn’t walk anyone. He retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Chris Sale was no slouch himself, striking out ten in eight innings. He’s pitched great this year but he’s not getting any help. The Sox have only scored four runs in his five starts. Boston has scored only 13 runs in their last seven games. They’ve been shut out three times in the past seven. They scored more runs than anyone last year, by the way.

The game only took two hours and twenty-one minutes. Or, like, half the time of a Yankees-Red Sox game in the early 2000s. Progress, people. We’re making progress.

Shelby Miller has a tear in his UCL, considering Tommy John surgery

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery. Surgery would end Miller’s 2017 season and would cut into a significant portion — if not all — of his 2018 season as well.

Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews for second and third opinions, respectively. He could choose to rehab his elbow rather than undergo surgery, but that comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Miller lasted only four-plus innings in his most recent start on Sunday and carries a 4.09 ERA on the season, his second with the Diamondbacks. His time in Arizona has not gone well.