MLB notes: Rivera set for save No. 600

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera follows pitches against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York,...

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera follows pitches against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, N.Y., Sep. 2, 2011. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)

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As Mariano Rivera closes in on 600 saves for his career, there is no question in veteran Jorge Posada's mind as to the New York Yankee reliever's position in history.

"The best ever," Posada said of Rivera, who had 597 saves entering Tuesday night.

"I keep saying the same thing over and over again, and it sounds repetitious every time I talk about Mo, but it's true," Posada told MLB.com. "There's nobody (who will) ever going to get close to what he has been able to achieve, because there's nobody better. It's just that simple."

Rivera, who has one more year left on his contract, trails only Trevor Hoffman (601) in career saves.

"His delivery and mechanics are sound, and he hasn't changed," said Posada who caught for Rivera for most of the past 13 seasons. "He will never change, obviously, because they're perfect."

Beckett's mystery injury

Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett, hobbled by a sore right ankle, was scheduled Tuesday to see foot specialist Dr. George Theodore.

The Red Sox already have scratched him from his next scheduled start, Friday.

Beckett left the game Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays with what was thought to be a sprained ankle. But it might be more serious than that.

"It felt like it was locked up and then it popped in and out of socket or something," Beckett told WEEI, saying it was not an injury he had experienced before.

"I've never had anything like this. I could wake up tomorrow and feel like playing basketball. We'll just see."

Punto healthy again

After recovering from his third injury of the season, St. Louis Cardinals infielder Nick Punto was activated Tuesday from the disabled list.

Punto missed 36 games with a strained left oblique. His season also has been interrupted by a sports hernia and an injured right forearm.

The 33-year-old was hitting .271 in 47 games before his latest injury.

JACKSON, WRIGHT HOT

Detroit Tigers centre fielder Austin Jackson was chosen Tuesday as American League player of the week.

In seven games last week, Jackson batted .529 with three doubles, three triples, two home runs, five RBI and 13 runs scored.

The 24-year-old led the majors in batting average, hits, triples, runs scored and total bases (33).

The New York Mets' David Wright was the NL winner, after getting 13 hits in eight games. The 28-year-old third baseman had seven RBI and 21 total bases.

Line drives

The Cleveland Indians activated rookie second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Kipnis, 24, has been out with a right hamstring strain and oblique soreness since Aug. 12. He was hitting .279 with six home runs and 11 RBI in 18 games for Cleveland this season ... The Indians also claimed pitcher Jason Rice off waivers from the Oakland Athletics and recalled second baseman Luis Valbuena from Triple-A Columbus ... The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled third baseman Pedro Alvarez from triple-A Indianapolis. The second overall pick in the 2008 draft batted only .196 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 56 games for the Pirates earlier this season ... The Detroit Tigers recalled infielder Danny Worth from triple-A Toledo ... MLB suspended Los Angeles Angels minor league outfielder Ercilio De La Cruz for 50 games.


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