ANAHEIM – Both managers, the league office and anyone assiciated with Mariano Rivera over the years swears Rivera didn’t throw a spitter Monday night and has no history of doing so. A YouTube video might have shown something contrary to that view, but after the league reveiwed all aspects of their video on Rivera the conclusion drawn is that Rivera did not spit on the ball.
“This is my first time hearing this. I didn’t even know that there was any indication that it’s been looked at (by the league). Never. There are certainly some guys that might be suspect, never Mariano with anything that I’ve heard or been a part of. And I’d be shocked if there was anything to that,” said Angels manager MIke Scioscia.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi, who also caught Rivera for four years, indicated, “I kind of laughed (when he heard about it). Mo’s been throwing the one pitch for a long time. I happened to catch him. He was accused of throwing a spitter…the one thing about a spitter is it consistently does not go one way like Mo’s ball consistently goes one way. So I kind of laughed at it. MLB has investigated. They have nothing about it. We just move on. To me it’s a dead story. I caught Mo for four years and I know for sure he never did anything.”
Here are tonight’s lineups:
C- Jorge Posada