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Rivera has 3 strikeouts in spring debut

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera struck out all three batters he faced during his first spring training appearance, New York's 9-2 loss to a Minnesota Twins spilt-squad on Sunday.

Two of Rivera's strikeouts were looking during a perfect sixth. He threw nine of 12 pitches for strikes.

Rivera has taken a slower approach in recent years at spring training. Rivera was 3-3 with a 1.80 ERA and 33 saves in 38 chances last season. The 11-time All-Star has 559 regular-season saves, second to Trevor Hoffman's 601, and a record 42 in the postseason.

Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer to center off Scott Baker in the second for the Yankees.

Baker, bidding for a spot in the Minnesota rotation, allowed one run and two hits over four innings.

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