Sports photo of the week (XVII)

Photo by Kathy Kmonicek/AP

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera salutes the crowd at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 after notching his 602nd career save. Rivera is now baseball’s all-time leading saves leader.

Rivera pitched a perfect ninth inning in Tuesday’s 6-4 win over the Twins to achieve the historic feat. Prior to this season, Trevor Hoffman held the record for most career saves with 601.

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