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For a moment it looked like David Robertson was about to cry, although it was probably the shimmer of the TV lights. Still, it didn't require any forensics to realize Robertson had just been exposed to the brave, new world without Mariano Rivera and was in a state of shock. Over and over, the Yankees' new closer kept re-living the three-run HR he'd surrendered to Matt Joyce, the deciding blow in the Rays' 4-1 win on Wednesday night. Robertson had been entrusted with a 1-0 lead and was looking for the 25th-through-27th outs which, for parts of the last three decades, had been Rivera's private property. Yankee fans had long since memorized the calculus. The bullpen doors would swing open, the few first chords of "Enter Sandman" would bellow through the Stadium, and before he'd thrown a pitch, Rivera had already inflicted psychological damage in the opposing dugout. Other managers didn't just worry about Rivera's cutter, they dreaded it, they plotted ways to avoid it. It's been the ...
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