Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• While Girardi said nothing is 100 percent, he is 99.9 percent sure that closer Mariano Rivera will not return this season. Rivera underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on June 12 after injuring himself on May 3.

• The Yankees have rebounded well in games following shutout losses this season. Entering Sunday, they had gone 24-9 in such situations since 2008 and had won seven of their last nine such games. Felix Hernandez pitched a two-hit shutout on Saturday in the Mariners' 1-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

• The Yankees are 22-12 in series finales this season, but 7-5 in rubber games of three-game series.