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Rivera may play OF for first time

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera may be in an unfamiliar position this weekend.
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NEW YORK (AP)

Mariano Rivera may make a debut on his final weekend before retirement: as a centerfielder.

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MO'S FAREWELL TOUR

From the Bronx to California, teams paid tribute to the greatest closer of all time when Mariano Rivera stopped by in 2013. Sweet gift bag.

The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said he'd like to play the outfield.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he's thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros.

Says Girardi: ''In my mind, thinking that he's going to want to pitch, it would be a situation that I might bring him in (in) the eighth to play the outfield and close him out in the ninth if we have that opportunity.''

Rivera missed most of the 2012 season after hurting his knee while shagging fly balls during pregame practice at Kansas City.

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