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NEW YORK — When Mariano Rivera came out of the bullpen to pitch the eighth inning of the 84th All-Star Game Tuesday night, his American League teammates stayed next to the dugout applauding.
They waited, leaving the great Yankees pitcher on the field alone to get the applause from the crowd of 45,186. Rivera is set to retire after 19 seasons in the game, universally respected for his accomplishments on and off the field.
Rivera tipped his cap to all sides of Citi Field then started warming up. Only then did the rest of the players take the field.
Rivera pitched a perfect inning. The historic moment was part of a nearly flawless performance by 10 AL pitchers in a 3-0 victory against the National League.