Oakland Athletics defeat New York Yankees, 8-4

OAKLAND - Joe Girardi said he would do "everything I can" to keep Mariano Rivera out of Wednesday night's game against the A's because the closer pitched in the Yankees' previous four games, only the third time in his career that he has worked four consecutive days.

As it turned out, Rivera never came close to getting in the game anyway since the Yanks lost, 8-4.

Rivera threw 20 pitches in saving Tuesday's Yankee victory after throwing 30 combined in his previous thr...