CLEVELAND -- Rangers infielder Michael Young said he wasn't surprised when Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera announced on Friday that he expects to pitch again in 2013. Rivera made the declaration even though he will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
"I feel bad for him, but I wasn't surprised one bit when he said he's coming back," Young said. "He's got a lot of pride. There's not a guy I respect more in the game than Mo. He's one of the best pitchers of all time and a great human. I wish him the best in his rehab, and hope that he comes back as fast as possible. Our game is much better with him in it."
Young and Rivera have developed a strong relationship over the years. On the field, Young hasn't done too badly against baseball's all-timtop closer. Including the playoffs, Young is 8-for-25 (.320) against Rivera.
"I can't say enough good things about him as a person and a professional," Young said. "You can tell the respect he has for the game and his opponents. He's a great competitor, it's always a challenge when I face him. I think he's what is right about the game of baseball."