So when the bullpen gate opened Sunday and Metallica's "Enter Sandman" kicked in over the stadium sound system, the crowd stood and showed its appreciation with another roaring ovation.
"He's earned it, my gosh," Scioscia said.
There was little time to celebrate, though. With the Tigers trailing 4-2, Cabrera led off by crushing a drive to right field for his second home run in two at-bats against Rivera. One out later, Victor Martinez tied it with a laser into second deck in right field seats — only the fifth time Rivera's allowed two homers in a game.
"You're facing professional hitters and you don't put it where you need to, you're going to get hit," Rivera said.
Rivera's former catcher and current manager Joe Girardi certainly isn't worried.
When asked after Sunday's game — a walk-off win over Detroit — how concerned he was about Rivera's struggles, Girardi held up his right hand and used his fingers to make the shape of a zero.
"It's not like you forget how to pitch in a week," Girardi said. "He just had a bad week."
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