5 things to know about the first half of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera's farewell tour

  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 2:55 AM

NEW YORK — Widely acclaimed as the greatest reliever in baseball history, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees has been making a farewell tour in his last season before his announced retirement.

"I enjoy every bit of it," he said Monday during All-Star festivities at Citi Field.

With the 43-year-old closer set to pitch in his final All-Star game Tuesday night, a look at five gifts that opposing teams have given the career saves leader:

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CRAAACK! Rivera has made a living shattering the bats of opposing hitters, so the Minnesota Twins paid tribute in a most proper fashion: They presented him with a rocking chair built from cracked bats and inscribed it, "Chair of Broken Dreams." No star was spared, either. Sheared wood once swung by Kirby Puckett, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau was used. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, All-Star closer Glen Perkins and Morneau gave it to Rivera at Target Field.

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WAVE GOODBYE: The Oakland Athletics gave Rivera a surfboard that was trimmed in A's green and gold, along with his No. 42. The team played his signature "Enter Sandman" at the presentation, and also handed him a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc from Groth Vineyards that had his number and a specially-engraved design.

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FIRST ... AND LAST: The crosstown Mets joined New York's fire department in honoring Rivera's last regular-season home games against them. Mets CEO Fred Wilpon gave Rivera a mounted fire hose nozzle, and New York City Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano provided a mounted call box. The team then let Rivera throw out a ceremonial first ball to Mets saves leader John Franco. A damper for Rivera, though: He threw the last pitch of the game, giving up an RBI single in the ninth inning that gave the Mets a 2-1 win.

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Houston 1 FINAL
Miami 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Minnesota 7
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Detroit 4
Baltimore - WP: T. Wilson 10 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: S. Baker 2
Boston 9 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Toronto 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 5 FINAL
Toronto 3
Washington 2 FINAL
NY Mets 10
Chicago Cubs 5 FINAL
Cincinnati 9
San Diego 3 FINAL
Texas 2
San Francisco 9 FINAL
Seattle 8
Colorado 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 18
Cleveland 3 FINAL
Milwaukee 2
Oakland 10 FINAL
Chicago WSox 4
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
LA Angels 4
Kansas City 10 FINAL
Arizona 5
Atlanta 89 4th Qtr 8:52
Charlotte 98
New York 30 2nd Qtr 3:49
Chicago 47
Golden State 16 1st Qtr 5:51
Milwaukee 16
Oklahoma City 8:00 PM
Utah
Denver 9:00 PM
Portland
Nashville 4 FINAL
Washington 3
Arizona 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Philadelphia 2
Anaheim 3 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 2 FINAL
Boston 4
Tampa Bay 0 FINAL
Detroit 4
New Jersey 1 3rd Prd
Carolina 1
Florida 2 3rd Prd
Montreal 2
Ottawa 2 3rd Prd
Toronto 0
Los Angeles 0 2nd Prd
Minnesota 2
Columbus 1 2nd Prd
St. Louis 0
Buffalo 8:00 PM
Colorado
Dallas 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Arizona 78 FINAL
Wisconsin 85
Canisius 48 2nd Half 12:34
NJIT 48
Notre Dame 2 1st Half 17:05
Kentucky 2
San Jose 1 FINAL
New England 2
Orlando City 2 FINAL
Montreal 2
Los Angeles 0 2nd Half 7:00
D.C. 0
Sporting Kansas City 1 2nd Half 6:00
New York City 0
Red Bull New York 1 2nd Half 40:00
Columbus 0
Portland 0 1st Half 7:00
Vancouver FC 1
Colorado 0 1st Half 30:00
Houston 0
Seattle 0 1st Half 30:00
FC Dallas 0
Texas 54 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 105
Dayton 82 FINAL
(8) Louisville 66
(16) Duke 55 FINAL
(4) Maryland 65
Gonzaga 61 2nd Half 2:40
(6) Tennessee 56
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