Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 4/7/13
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DETROIT What do you give a pitcher who has tormented you for nearly two decades on his last scheduled visit to your stadium? An autographed bat with a hole the size of the ball drilled into the sweet spot? Perhaps a videotape of the only two postseason series he played against Detroit? No, that would be in poor taste, since the Tigers beat the New York Yankees convincingly in both 2006 and 2011, and Mariano Rivera never got a save in either one. What the Tigers opted for was a framed going-away present about the size of your flat-screen television with vertical color photos of him pitching at both Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park. Bottles of pitching mound dirt from both stadiums were secured next to the photos. The accompanying plaque had the date and stadium name on it and read: On an illustrious 19-year career and standard of excellence. After pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Sundays 7-0 win over the Tigers, Rivera said, That was pretty neat. Tigers manager Jim Leyland ...
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