- Associated Press - Thursday, February 17, 2011

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Mariano Rivera has arrived at the Yankees’ spring training camp after missing the first two days to be with his sick children.

New York’s ace closer says it’s getting tougher each year to leave his family for the start of the new season.

The 41-year-old Rivera agreed to a $30 million, two-year contract in December.

He said Thursday that “one of my kids, he was crying,” adding that he and his family have to “find a way to work it out and have that balance.”

The right-hander was 3-3 with a 1.80 ERA and 33 saves in 38 chances last season. The 11-time All-Star has 559 regular-season career saves, second to Trevor Hoffman’s 601, and a record 42 in the postseason.

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