NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera began his special day by paying tribute to a Hall of Famer.
The Yankees retired Rivera's No. 42 Sunday, and the great reliever honored Jackie Robinson during a ceremony in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.
Robinson's No. 42 was retired throughout the majors in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the day the Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman broke baseball's color barrier. Players wearing 42 at the time were grandfathered.
"It is a great pleasure and honor for me to be the last player to ever wear number 42," Rivera said during the 50-minute ceremonies before the last regular-season day home game of his 19-season career.
Robinson's wife Rachel unveiled a plaque dedicated to Jackie. Then with his wife and three sons, Rivera uncovered his number — changed from Robinson's Dodger Blue to Yankees navy — that will be on display in Monument Park alongside the 15 other retired Yankees numbers.
Several of Rivera's former teammates were on hand, including C Jorge Posada, who threw a ceremonial first pitch that Rivera caught. Former manager Joe Torre also was on hand along with Gene Michael, the GM at the time Rivera signed with the organization in 1990.
After video highlights of a 19-year career that includes a record 652 saves, a recording of late Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard introduced Rivera.
Then the bullpen door swung open and the first chords of Enter Sandman rang out. Only this time the song that for more than a decade almost always indicated the end of the game for New York's opponent was being played live.
Metal icon Metallica performed its hit from a stage in centerfield, lead singer James Hetfield crying out, "For you Mariano," as Rivera slowly walked to the infield.
YAZ STATUE: The Red Sox honored 74-year-old Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski with a statue outside the rightfield entrance of Fenway Park. "It means tremendous importance to me," he said. "This is as important to me as being elected to the Hall of Fame and having my number retired. It's a tremendous honor." In other Red Sox news, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been out three weeks with a compression fracture in his right foot, could return to the lineup Wednesday, manager John Farrell said.
MANAGER TRIBUTE: The Nationals honored Davey Johnson, paying tribute to the retiring 70-year-old manager who last season guided the team to its only playoff appearance. Johnson was feted during a 15-minute ceremony that featured video tributes and career highlights.
SANDBERG SECURED: Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. removed the interim tag from Ryne Sandberg, signing him to manage the next three years.
BEES!: A swarm of bees invaded rightfield at Angel Stadium, delaying the game against the Mariners in the third inning. In May, bees invaded the visitors' dugout at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium with the Angels in town.
REDS: CF Shin-Soo Choo was out of the lineup for a second straight game because of a jammed left thumb, but X-rays were negative, and the leadoff hitter expects to return tonight.
TIGERS: 3B Miguel Cabrera was out of the starting lineup after leaving the previous night's game with groin soreness.
TWINS: C Joe Mauer, who hasn't played since Aug. 19 because of a concussion, felt good after working out.