SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - New York Yankees star relief pitcher Mariano Rivera makes a different sort of pitch this week at historic Saratoga Race Course.
Rivera will visit the Upstate New York thoroughbred track on Friday where the third race will be named for him. He'll appear in the winner's circle to address the crowd and present the trophy to the winner.
The 42-year-old Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, hasn't pitched since May 3 when he injured his right knee while running after fly balls in batting practice in Kansas City. Last month, he said he'd like to return to the American League East-leading Yankees this season.
Rivera's visit comes one day after he hosts a fundraiser to benefit the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which addresses children's needs through programs on education, health and wellness.