Mo right on cue in Grapefruit League debut
Closer's unique spring plan pays off in perfect opening frame
TAMPA, Fla. -- The opening notes of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" began on cue.On Mariano Rivera's cue, to be precise. Rivera strode to the mound for the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field for his first appearance of the Grapefruit League season, more than two weeks into the spring exhibition schedule. But when you're Mariano Rivera, you make your own schedule. You lay down your own rules. Rivera doesn't throw in the offseason, doesn't appear in games until he deems himself ready and doesn't even have gray pants in his locker at the Yanks' complex because he never pitches on the road down here.
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