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Yankees' Mariano Rivera gets 600th save

September 14, 2011 |  8:56 am

Photo: Mariano Rivera. Credit: Elaine Thompson. 

After getting his 600th save Tuesday evening, the Yankees' Mariano Rivera moved within two saves of surpassing Trevor Hoffman's record to become the most prolific closer in major league history.

The celebration, however, may not come any time soon.

"Maybe later on after I retire, but right now I'm not focused on that. I'm not that type of guy. I'm a team player," Rivera said. "I tell you guys many times and I'll continue to tell you, it doesn't depend on myself. It depends on my teammates giving me the opportunity to be able to pitch."

Rivera entered the game with a one-run lead in the ninth inning and allowed just a one-out single to Ichiro Suzuki. He was retired when catcher Russell Martin caught Suzuki trying to steal second for the final out.

The 3-2 win against the Seattle Mariners marked Rivera's 41st save of the season in his 46th opportunity.


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Photo: Mariano Rivera. Credit: Elaine Thompson.