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Rivera dominant to the core

Cool outside and fiery inside, statesman still key element of Yankees' success

Updated: April 2, 2010, 7:33 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Lucky. Sandy Alomar Jr. wrecked Mariano Rivera's first playoff series as a closer, sent one barreling over the Jacobs Field wall, and on further review the Yankee defined by his dignity reduced an All-Star catcher to something of a beer-league bum.

"He was lucky," Rivera would say.

Considering the circumstances -- Rivera had replaced a World Series MVP, John Wetteland, and had yet to win the big one in Wetteland's role -- his was the most arrogant statement in professional ...

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