It wasn’t a save, but Mariano Rivera did his part to preserve home-field advantage for the American League. In his final All-Star Game, the Yankees closer pitched a perfect eighth inning, helping the American League to a 3-0 win at Citi Field. It was a game with very little offense. Ten A.L. pitchers combined for a three-hitter — with one of those hits coming from the Mets own David Wright — and Rivera entered to the familiar sound of Enter Sandman in the eighth inning. Manager Jim Leyland clearly wanted to make absolutely certain Rivera got in the game, and the entire A.L. team stayed on the bench as Rivera entered, giving him the field all to himself for a lengthy standing ovation. Rivera promptly sent the side down in order. First baseman Prince Fielder gave him the ball as they walked into the dugout. Leadoff doubles by Miguel Cabrera and Adam Jones set the stage for the first two American League runs in the fourth and fifth, then Jason Kipnis doubled in an insurance run in the eighth. Joe Nathan closed out the game and got the save. Robinson Cano left in the top of the first after being hit by a pitch in his right quad, but X-rays came back negative and Cano said he fully expects to be in the Yankees lineup on Friday.
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