Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Girardi: Rivera Tears Acl and Is Out

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Girardi: Rivera Tears Acl and Is Out

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A third-straight loss and a punch-less, luckless Yankees lineup were suddenly sidebar issues compared to the potential long-term loss of Mariano Rivera.

Baseball's all-time saves leader, Rivera was carted off the field with what manager Joe Girardi called a torn ACL after preliminary reports on a right knee injury suffered while shagging batting practice flies before the Royals' 4-3 victory Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. Girardi said he's likely out for season.

After being examined by the Royals associate team physician, Rivera was taken to Kansas University MedWest Hospital for an MRI - the results of which were pending.

Rivera had crumpled to the ground after a leaping attempt at a ball over his head. A TV replay showed that Rivera, 42, hopped in pain a few steps before making slight contact with the left-center field wall.

Rivera immediately grabbed his right knee on the warning track and rolled in pain as teammates quickly gathered near him. Girardi rushed and bullpen coach Mike Harkey eventually lifted Rivera into a groundskeeper's cart.

The night didn't get much better for the Yankees.

In his first big-league start, Missouri native David Phelps yielded two runs on six hits, including a homer by Mike Moustakas. In the fifth, Moustakas' two-run single off D.J. Mitchell put the Royals ahead 4-1 - moving Kansas City toward its first home win after 10 straight losses this season at Kauffman Stadium.

Mark Teixeira had two RBI, and his seventh-inning sac fly cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh. Earlier, Kansas City center fielder Jarrod Dyson made two run-saving catches of long drives by Jayson Nix and Russell Martin.

Derek Jeter had four more hits and his ninth-inning single nearly started a rally off closer Jonathan Broxton.

But with runners at first and second, the Royals turned a spectacular double play on a Teixeira grounder and Alex Rodriguez grounded out with Jeter at third to end it.

Royals' lefty starter Danny Duffy gave up two runs in 5. …

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