Rivera expected to retire after 2013
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.
"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.
Sale gets $32.5M deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Chicago White Sox said they have agreed on a five-year, $32.5 million contract with left-handed starter Chris Sale.
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.