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THIS IS A MARIANO GAME WORN UNIFORM FROM A GAME WHERE HE DID SOMETHING THAT HE RARELY DID.......HE LOST THE GAME
BUT THIS IS A REAL PIECE OF HISTORY, NOT ONLY IS IT ONE OF THE JERSEYS OF THE MAN THAT WORE THE LAST UNIFORM #'D 42 - IT'S ONE OF THE LAST UNFORMS WITH #42 TO BE WORN IN "THE CATHEDRAL" , THE OLD YANKEE STADIUM
THIS IS TRULY A RARE PIECE OF YANKEE, MARIANO MLB HISTORY
THIS IS A 1/1 - A #42 FROM THE OLD STADIUM FROM THE SECOND LOSS OF 2008!
THE ONLY 1 ANYWHERE-IT'S WORTH OHHH SO MUCH MORE
FORGET ABOUT FINDING ONE FROM 2008 -THEY'RE SACRED
THERE NOT MAKING ANY MORE MARIANO GAME USED JERSEYS .....ANYMOREDON'T HAVE ONE WELL HERES YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A SPECIAL ONE42. Rivera has worn the number 42 his entire career, and will be the last man in baseball to wear it. The number was retired throughout the major leagues in honor of Jackie Robinson on April 15, 1997, the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s major league debut. (That night, Rivera blew what would have been his ninth major league save.) Rivera was one of 14 active players who were wearing the number at the time and were thus allowed to keep it for the remainder of their careers. The last player to wear 42 other than Rivera was Mo Vaughn, who retired after the 2003 season.
NEW YORK (AP) --Jose Guillensauntered over to his locker after his postgame shower Monday and waved a towel up and down in front of him, eagerly soaking in the cool air of the clubhouse.
Good luck, Jose. Tough to cool down after this series.
Guillen finished off a terrific stretch against theNew York Yankeesin style, hitting a tiebreaking solo home run offMariano Riverain the ninth inning to lift theKansas City Royalsto a 3-2 win.
"That's a tough one. That's the last guy I want to face coming into the ninth inning," Guillen said. "I was hoping it was somebody else. ... I was just kind of realizing he's going to come with that cutter and I guessed pretty good right there."
Guillen went deep on an 0-2 pitch from Rivera (2-2), pumping his right arm as he watched the ball sail over the fence while rounding first base. Rivera turned around and shouted several times after the drive -- a rare show of emotion for the longtime closer.
"You make your pitches, you are able to get him out," said Rivera, who also surrendered a tiebreaking homer toDavid DeJesuson Saturday. "I didn't make my pitches."
It was Guillen's 11th homer of the season and fourth in the past three games. He went 9-for-16 in the four-game series with four homers and 10 RBIs and also scored six runs to help the Royals gain a split. The mercurial outfielder even threw out two runners in Saturday's 12-11 loss to New York.
"That's as good a series as I've seen a player have, especially in the setting that it happened," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "He's worked hard to get where he is."
The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, andMelky Cabrerahit a trickler up the line. First basemanMark Teahenquickly scooped the ball and neatly tossed to relieverJoakim Soriacovering the bag for the final out.
"Melky is a fast runner," Soria said. "I just tried to run as fast as I can."
Yasuhiko Yabuta(1-0) gotBobby Abreuto ground out with runners on first and second to end the eighth and earn his first major league win.
Soria got his 14th save. In his previous appearance, he blew his first save opportunity of the season against New York on Saturday.
"We had a shot again," Yankees managerJoe Girardisaid. "We kept battling."
Kansas City got a nice effort fromLuke Hochevarand won for only the fourth time in 21 games. The Royals also improved to 5-29 at Yankee Stadium since the start of the 2000 season.
Mike Mussina, offerding to become the first 10-game winner in the AL, allowed two runs and seven hits over eight innings in his longest outing since he tossed a complete game in a win at Detroit on May 31, 2006. He is 8-1 with a 3.11 ERA in his past 10 starts.
"I haven't been eight innings for a long time but it felt pretty good today," Mussina said.
Mussina was working on a three-hit shutout when Guillen doubled with one out in the seventh.Alex Gordonflied out butMiguel Olivohit the next pitch over the wall in left for his eighth homer of the season.
Kansas City put runners on second and third later in the inning but Mussina retiredJoey Gathrighton a grounder to third for the final out.
New York bounced back quickly. Abreu led off the bottom half with a double andAlex Rodriguezfollowed with a long drive to left to chase Hochevar and tie it at 2. It was Rodriguez's 10th homer of the season.
Hochevar, the top overall selection in the 2006 draft, retired 14 straight after leadoff hitterJohnny Damonbeat out a grounder for an infield single in the first.
"That was all that I was concerned with was executing one pitch at a time," said Hochevar, who struck out four and allowed four hits in his first career appearance at Yankee Stadium.
The gametime temperature was 94 degrees, and the crowd of 53,633 used fans, towels and umbrellas to stay cool.
There was a loud cheer in the fifth inning when a cloud moved in front of the afternoon sun. A few moments later, the cloud moved along and there were a smattering of boos when sunshine spread across the stadium again.