Mariano Rivera chose not to talk with reporters after his long-toss session before last night's 8-2 victory over the Rangers, but his appearance on the field at Yankee Stadium said a lot about how far he already has come in his rehab from surgery to repair his torn right ACL.

Nevertheless, the Yankees' stance on the closer's future for 2012 remains unchanged: "I don't see it happening, but I don't ever say never," manager Joe Girardi said.

Maybe not, but general manager Brian Cashman reiterated yesterday the closer is done for the season.