ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mariano Rivera has a history of six-out postseason saves. Going multiple innings, if necessary, isn't a problem for the veteran. So that had some of you asking on the in-game chat and via email if manager Ron Washington would use his rookie closer that way with things slipping in the eighth inning.
"He's never done anything like that," Washington said. "I wouldn't do that. I had the people I wanted in the game. They didn't get it done. It happens."
Feliz's longest save this season was the AL West-clincher in Oakland on Sept. 25. Feliz came in for the final four outs to secure the Rangers' playoff spot.
He pitched two innings only three times this season, including once against the Yankees on Aug. 10. Feliz came in with the game tied and pitched the ninth and 10th and earned the win after David Murphy's single gave the Rangers a walk-off, 4-3 victory.
BTW, the Yankees scored all five runs in the eighth inning with no outs, so bringing Feliz in during any of that mess would have required him going a full two innings. Washington determined that wasn't a good option.