Results for tag: Rafael Soriano
Posted by: Jack Curry on May 3, 2011 at 03:19:26 PM

In Goose Gossage’s first appearance for the Yankees in 1978 he surrendered a game-winning homer to Richie Zisk in the ninth inning. The Rangers walked away with a 2-1 win and Gossage, who was New York’s splashy free agent signing and the reliever given Sparky Lyle’s closer job, stalked off the mound in anger.

In Gossage’s second outing with the Yankees, he couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead. He gave up another homer as the Brewers prevailed, 5-3. Gossage simmered, knowing how badly he wanted to have a stellar start as a Yankee. Billy Martin, Gossage presumed, was muttering about this lousy new guy.

In Gossage’s third game with the Yankees, he improved. Well, sort of. He was nicked for a homer for the third straight game, but that was the only run he allowed in 3

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jan 14, 2011 at 12:35:28 AM

Get the ball to Mariano Rivera. It is the winning formula that the Yankees have used since Rivera became their full-time closer in 1997. If the Yankees get the ball to Rivera, their powerful belief is that they should win the game. Getting the ball to Rivera just got easier.

The Yankees have signed Rafael Soriano to a 3-year, $35 million contract, which is pending until he passes a physical. As long as Soriano passes a physical, he will be the highest-paid set up man in the major leagues and should combine with Rivera to give the Yankees the best late-inning combination in baseball. The agreement was first reported by

Soriano saved 45 games in 48 opportunities for the Rays last season and was probably the best closer in the American League. Rivera saved 33 games in 38 chances