Twins’ Mauer re­tires at 35 af­ter 15 sea­sons

Albany Times Union - - SPORTS -

MIN­NEAPO­LIS — Joe Mauer is re­tir­ing af­ter 15 ma­jor league sea­sons, six All-star games, three Gold Glove awards, three bat­ting ti­tles and 2,123 ca­reer hits, all with his home­town Min­nesota Twins.

“Thank you, Min­nesota Twins, and thank you, fans, for mak­ing my ca­reer as spe­cial and mem­o­rable as it was,” Mauer wrote in a full­page ad that will run Sun­day in the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune. “Be­cause of you I can leave the game I love with a full and grate­ful heart.”

Mauer, 35, who bat­tled con­cus­sions this sea­son and in 2013, also won the AL MVP in 2009 af­ter hit­ting .365 and fin­ished with a ca­reer av­er­age of .306.

More base­ball: GM spe­cial as­sis­tant J.P. ric­cia­rdi is leav­ing the Mets af­ter eight sea­sons, 11 days af­ter the team hired Brodie Van wa­ge­nen to suc­ceed Sandy Alder­son as gen­eral man­ager. ... yuki yanagita hit a two-run walk-off home run in the ninth to lift Ja­pan to a 7-6 win over the MLB All-stars in the open­ing game of a six-game ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries.

Golf: Matt Kuchar built a two-shot lead in the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic . ... Gaby Lopez shot a hole-in-one for a 6-un­der 66 on her 25th birth­day and a one-stroke lead over Ariya Ju­tanu­garn af­ter the third round of the Blue Bay LPGA tour­na­ment . ... Paul Goy­dos has a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ sea­son-end­ing Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship . ... Ser­gio Gar­cia barely held onto his lead as Louis oosthuizen’s sec­ond-round charge took him to within a shot of the Spa­niard at the Euro­pean PGA’S Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge.

Au­tos: Af­ter hav­ing his fi­nal four play­off spot re­voked in a cheat­ing scan­dal, Kevin har­vick won the pole for Sun­day’s fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing race for the ti­tle. Qual­i­fy­ing spots for other play­off con­tenders were Chase el­liott sec­ond, Kyle Busch sixth, Martin truex Jr. 13th, Kurt Busch 14th, Clint Bowyer 15th and Aric Almirola 18th . ... Brett Mof­fitt won the Trucks race Fri­day night to earn a spot in the four-man ti­tle chase.


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