NEW YORK -- This is the final month of Mariano Rivera's baseball career, unless he changes his mind this winter. This weekend, he will face the Boston Red Sox at home for the last time in the regular season of his career.
He will enter Thursday coming off his first four-out save since July 24, 2011 against the A's after he picked up for an ineffective David Robertson on Wednesday. In the process, he saved what could have been a devastating loss.
"We are still fighting," Rivera said after the Yankees' 6-5 win over the White Sox. "We are pushing. We are pushing, pushing and pushing."
Robertson, who has been very good all year as his 1.88 ERA demonstrates, struggled, allowing four runs to score (two inherited from CC Sabathia and two of his own) before relinquishing to Rivera.
"I stunk out there today," Robertson said.
He added that he "couldn't make anything work." But he had a security blanket named Rivera, so the Yankee are still in prime position in the wild-card race.
CC BETTER: Sabathia pitched into the eighth for the first time in nearly a month. He said he was happy to contribute to a win, going 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (earned) on five hits, walking four and striking out four. He was disappointed he couldn't get out of the eighth and said his stuff was a little all over the place. It was a step in the right direction, but it was against the White Sox so it is impossible to say Sabathia turned any sort of corners.
Amazingly, he has won four of his last five starts, despite a 5.58 ERA over that span.
BRETT IS BRINGING IT: Brett Gardner went 2-for-4, including a two-run triple in the fourth. Seven of Gardner's last 10 hits have gone for extra bases (six doubles and a triple).
CANO:Robinson Cano (3-for-4) passed Bill Dickey for sole possession of 15th place on the Yankees' all-time homer list.
ELEVEN OVER: The Yankees are 11 games over for the first time since June 9.