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Sandman Speaks

Mariano Rivera, who likes his pockets fat not flat, spoke to reporters yesterday after the Yankees made his new 3-year, $45 million deal official. Naturally, he was asked about Andy Pettitte and the Mitchell Report. According to Mark Feinsand in the Daily News:

Rivera thinks that players fingered by the report would be better off admitting their mistakes and moving forward.

“I will not lose respect for my teammates or whoever did it,” Rivera said. “I don’t know the reasons why they did it – or if they did it. I just saw Andy come out and say that he did it, and if you did it, the best thing to do is bring it out and start new. Put an end to this thing.”

…”I’m not trying to tell people to do that; I’m just a friend, and I respect their decision,” Rivera said. “If they want to come out, they’ll do it. If they don’t want to come out, they won’t do it. I think it’s the best thing, to put an end to this thing and move on. It’s a new year, hang up everything and start new.”

In another minor story, the Yankees signed Met-killer Nick Green to a minor-league contract. He will join Chris Woodward in fighting for a spot come spring training.

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