The great Mariano Rivera is getting set to close his career. The New York Yankees reliever plans to announce this weekend he will retire...
NEW YORK — The great Mariano Rivera is getting set to close his career.
The New York Yankees reliever plans to announce this weekend he will retire after the 2013 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.
A news conference was called for Saturday at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.
The 43-year-old closer is baseball’s saves leader with 608. He is regarded as one of the best clutch pitchers in history, posting a record 42 postseason saves with an 0.70 earned-run average while helping the Yankees win five World Series championships.
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“Greatest closer of all time. No question in my mind,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I’ve had the thrill of catching him. I was there when he really burst onto the scene as a dominant setup man, and then to see what he did as a closer has been a thrill for me.”
Rivera missed most of last season after he tore a ligament in his right knee while catching fly balls during batting practice. The right-hander was hurt May 3 and had surgery the next month.
Rivera returned home to Panama this week for a personal matter and was expected back Saturday.
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The 23-year-old went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA and 192 strikeouts in his first season as a starter. He was on the American League All-Star team and finished sixth in Cy Young voting.
• San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum was scratched from a scheduled start for the second time in six days as he continued to get treatment for the blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.
• St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and expects to miss the 2013 season.
• San Diego Padres outfielder Donavan Tate, taken No. 3 overall in 2009, will not report to minor-league spring training for “personal reasons,” the team said.
• In Glendale, Ariz., Adrian Beltre hit his first home run this spring and the Texas Rangers wound up in an 11-all tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
• In Goodyear, Ariz., Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi hit back-to-back homers off Heath Hembree, powering the Cleveland Indians to a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
• In Mesa, Ariz., Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Adam Dunn added a two-run shot as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3.
• In Scottsdale, Ariz., Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning, Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half and Italy rallied to beat Mexico 6-5 in the World Baseball Classic. Mariners prospect Alex Liddi had a run-scoring single for Italy.
• In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jose Reyes had four hits, Robinson Cano drove in three runs and the Dominican Republic beat Venezuela 9-3.
• Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie is off Canada’s roster because of a rib injury.