- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Mariano Rivera is ready to pitch in games and says he will be ready for opening day.

The Yankees closer is set to make his first spring training appearance Tuesday after throwing 40 pitches Saturday during his second batting practice session since coming back from right shoulder surgery in October.

Rivera said he felt good even though he was a little high with his pitches.

He was scheduled to throw 30 pitches, but decided to increase the total by 10.

Rivera said: “Now the focus is to get some innings.”

He has “no doubt” that he will be ready for opening day.

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