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Mariano Rivera enters early, helps AL win All-Star game

  • American League’s Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees, poses with the MVP trophy after the MLB All-Star baseball game, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in New York. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera was all set up to save his final All-Star game — or so it seemed.

Jim Leyland just wasn't about to take that chance.

Summoned in the eighth inning to make certain he would pitch, Rivera soaked up a 90-second standing ovation and got three straight outs while helping the American League to a 3-0 victory over the National League on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

"I think the plan was perfect," said Rivera, who took home the MVP trophy.

Rivera reported early for work and the New York Yankees' indomitable closer combined with nine other pitchers on a three-hitter as the AL snapped a three-game skid and regained home-field advantage in the World Series. Joe Nathan saved it in Rivera's place after the American League scratched out a pair of runs and got an RBI double from Jason Kipnis.


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