Yanks’ Rivera gets Saratoga race named for him

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP)
– New York Yankees star relief pitcher Mariano Rivera makes a different
sort of pitch this week at historic Saratoga Race Course.

Rivera will visit the Saratoga Race Course thoroughbred track on Friday where the third race will
be named for him. He'll appear in the winner's circle to address the
crowd and present the trophy to the winner.

The 42-year-old Rivera,
baseball's career saves leader, hasn't pitched since May 3 when he
injured his right knee while running after fly balls in batting practice
in Kansas City. Last month, he said he'd like to return to the American
League East-leading Yankees this season.

Rivera's visit comes one
day after he hosts a fundraiser to benefit the Mariano Rivera
Foundation, which addresses children's needs through programs on
education, health and wellness.

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