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Rivera gets record 602nd save, Yankees beat Twins

Posted: September 19, 2011 4:56 PM ; Updated: September 19, 2011 4:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Long regarded as the best closer in baseball, Mariano Rivera now has more saves than anyone else, too.

Rivera set the major league record with No. 602, pitching a perfect ninth inning Monday and preserving the New York Yankees ' 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.

With fans standing and cheering from his first pitch to his last, Rivera retired Trevor Plouffe , Michael Cuddyer and Chris Parmelee to end it. Parmelee looked at strike three - it appeared to be Rivera's signature cutter - and Yankee Stadium roared in approval.

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Ryan throws 4 TDs, Falcons rally past Eagles 35-31

Posted: September 19, 2011 9:19 AM ; Updated: September 19, 2011 9:19 AM

ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Vick and Matt Ryan met at the center of the field for the coin toss, the former Falcons quarterback embracing the guy who took his place.

When it was done, Ryan trotted off the field in triumph, leaving little doubt this is his city now.

Vick wasn't even there to see it. He was back in the locker room, still woozy from a big hit.

Ryan tossed a career-high four touchdown passes, shaking off all the hoopla over Vick coming back to face his old team as Philadelphia's starter, and rallied Atlanta from a 10-point deficit for a 35-31 victory over the Eagles in a Sunday night thriller.

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Rodgers, Packers beat Newton, Panthers 30-23

Posted: September 19, 2011 9:16 AM ; Updated: September 19, 2011 9:16 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- For the second straight week, Cam Newton threw for more than 400 yards, sidestepped pass rushers and moved the Carolina Panthers up and down the field.

Leave it to Aaron Rodgers and the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers to spoil Newton's home debut. Rodgers threw for 308 yards and two scores, while the Packers withstood a 432-yard passing day from the No. 1 overall draft pick to beat the Panthers 30-23 on Sunday.

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Bills rally to beat Raiders 38-35

Posted: September 19, 2011 9:14 AM ; Updated: September 19, 2011 9:15 AM

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills will take the win any way they can get it.

After a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick found David Nelson wide open on fourth down for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left to secure a 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

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Rivera gets 600th save in Yankees' 3-2 win

Posted: September 14, 2011 9:16 AM ; Updated: September 14, 2011 9:17 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- The celebration was pure Mariano Rivera .

No big screams or wild gestures. Certainly no spectacle, even if Rivera is widely regarded as the best ever at what he does.

Just warm hugs and appreciative handshakes from Yankees teammates. And even that might have been more than what Rivera wanted following the 600th save of his remarkable career.

"Maybe later on after I retire, but right now I'm not focused on that. I'm not that type of guy. I'm a team player," Rivera said. "I tell you guys many times and I'll continue to tell you, it doesn't depend on myself. It depends on my teammates giving me the opportunity to be able to pitch."

Rivera moved within one save of Trevor Hoffman 's major league record by closing out New York's 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

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Wakefield gets 200th win, Red Sox rout Blue Jays

Posted: September 14, 2011 9:14 AM ; Updated: September 14, 2011 9:14 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- Fans chanted Tim Wakefield 's name. A teammate sprayed him with champagne. It was about time.

Baseball's oldest player earned his elusive 200th victory and the Boston Red Sox slugged their way to their first win in a week, 18-6 over the Toronto Blue Jays thanks to an 18-hit outburst.

The 45-year-old knuckleballer was winless in his previous seven outings. His team's playoff prospects dimmed with losses in its last five games. But on Tuesday night, Boston set a season high for runs and moved four games ahead of Tampa Bay, a 4-2 loser to Baltimore, in the AL wild-card race.

"There was some genuine happiness, probably for us, too," manager Terry Francona said. "It seemed like we'd been waiting for that win as long as Wake's been waiting for his."

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Brady's 517 yards, 4 TDs lift Pats over Dolphins

Posted: September 13, 2011 11:50 AM ; Updated: September 13, 2011 2:29 PM

MIAMI (AP) -- Desperate to slow down Tom Brady , the Miami Dolphins tried playing 12 men on defense.

That didn't work. They drew a penalty. Using only 11 defenders was even worse.

Brady threw for a team-record 517 yards and four touchdowns, including a 99-yarder to Wes Welker , and the New England Patriots opened their season Monday night by beating Miami 38-24.

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