Mariano Rivera earned his 600th save, moving within one of Trevor Hoffman's major-league record, by closing out the New York Yankees' 3-2 win over the host Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
One by one, New York players lined up to hug Rivera and give him high-fives near the mound.
"It's a great number," Rivera said, sounding a bit choked up by all the adulation. "I'm not a guy who looks for things like that."
Rivera has racked up all those saves — plus 42 more in the post-season — primarily on the strength of one dominant pitch: a cut fastball.
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It was the 1,037th appearance of Rivera's career. Nearly the entire Yankees dugout stood on the top-step railing to watch Rivera in the ninth at Seattle.
"It's a great, great moment," Rivera said. "Definitely, they are part of my family because we spend so much time together. To see them on the top step rooting, it's priceless."
Miami Marlins to start '12 season
The renamed Miami Marlins will start next season in their new ballpark a day ahead of the rest of the major leagues, playing the Cardinals on April 4.
Major League Baseball announced next season's schedule Wednesday, and the season will open in midweek for the second straight year.
The following day's schedule has Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, Toronto at Cleveland, Boston at Detroit, Atlanta at the New York Mets, Washington at the Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles at San Diego.
Openers slated for April 6 have the New York Yankees at Tampa Bay, Minnesota at Baltimore, Seattle at Oakland, the Chicago White Sox at Texas, Kansas City at the Los Angeles Angels, Colorado at Houston, St. Louis at Milwaukee, San Francisco at Arizona and Miami at Cincinnati.
Known as the Florida Marlins since starting play in 1993, the team will be renamed Nov. 11 as it prepares to move into a $515 million, retractable-roof ballpark on the site that used to be the Orange Bowl. Before the formal opener, the Marlins host the Yankees in exhibitions on April 1 and 2.
■ Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo became the first player suspended twice under the MLB drug program and will serve a 100-game suspension. He was suspended for 50 games in April 2008 while a member of the Giants. Manny Ramirez retired in April rather than face a 100-game suspension following a second positive test. A third violation would carry a lifetime ban.
■ Francisco Rodriguez is unhappy with his role on the first-place Brewers. Acquired from the Mets at the All-Star break, K-Rod has been a setup man for John Axford. "I'm not happy. That's the bottom line for me," Rodriguez said. "They told me one thing; they haven't done it." Rodriguez, a free agent to be, has gone 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 25 appearances with Milwaukee.
■ Giants slugger Carlos Beltran's homer into McCovey Cove was the 83rd in the history of the 12-year-old ballpark in San Francisco. Home run king Barry Bonds has 35 of them. Beltran is batting .520 (13-for-25) with four homers in seven games against the Padres this season.