Mariano Rivera's famed cut fastball was darting through the strike zone as usual Friday in his final appearance of what should be his final spring training.

The Yankee closer, who is entering what he says is his farewell season, retired all three Nationals' hitters he faced, throwing only 10 pitches - eight for strikes - and afterward pronounced himself pleased with his camp and fit for the opener and beyond.

"Oh, yes," said Rivera. "I feel great. Now it's just going into the season and continuing it."

Rivera threw seven scoreless spring innings, allowing just three hits while striking out nine and walking one. He said his biggest concern was seeing how his surgically-repaired knee would respond when he needed to cover first base or field a bunt.

"After I did that, I was OK," Rivera said. "I'm ready."

Andy Pettitte also pronounced himself ready after his final spring tuneup, in which he allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings and ducked a shard from a broken bat.