Sunday, July 11, 2010


Pepsi says Mo is 'Clutch' for first time, wins award for month of June

"For the first time in his career, the Yankees closer has been honored as the June 2010 Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month presented by Pepsi....Rivera made 11 appearances in the month, earning two wins and picking up seven saves while not allowing a run in 13 innings. He surrendered a mere four hits while striking out 16 batters.

Rivera's outstanding performance in June earned him 37 percent of the 32,000-plus votes cast online at That was good enough to beat out fellow nominees Brennan Boesch (24 percent), Josh Hamilton (18 percent), Troy Glaus (14 percent), Adrian Gonzalez (five percent) and Josh Johnson (two percent)....

This is the fourth year for the Clutch Performer award and the first time Rivera has won the monthly honor. He was a finalist for the Clutch Performer of the Year Award last season, but was edged by Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier.

Rivera has a long-established reputation as a clutch performer not only for what he does at the end of games but also at the end of seasons. Rivera owns postseason records with 39 saves and a mind-boggling 0.74 ERA in 88 career playoff appearances.

Among pitchers who have tossed more than 100 postseason innings,

At the conclusion of the 2010 regular season, fans will have the opportunity to vote on the Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year presented by Pepsi from

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