TWINS’ MAUER RE­TIRES AF­TER 15 SEA­SONS

Centre Daily Times - - Sports -

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 full-page 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’s eight-year, $184 mil­lion con­tract ex­pired the day af­ter the World Se­ries ended, cre­at­ing a nat­u­ral part­ing from the game he grew up with in St. Paul, less than 10 miles from the down­town Min­neapo­lis ball­parks he called home with the Twins.

Yuki Yanagita hit a tworun

● walkoff home run in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to lift Ja­pan to a 7-6 win over the MLB All-Stars in Tokyo in the open­ing game of a six-game ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries.

Juan Soto, Car­los San­tana and Amed Rosario had all home­red to give the MLB squad a 6-4 lead.

J.P. Ric­cia­rdi is leav­ing ● the Mets af­ter eight sea­sons. The Mets an­nounced his de­ci­sion 11 days af­ter hir­ing Brodie Van Wa­ge­nen to suc­ceed Sandy Alder­son as gen­eral man­ager. Ric­cia­rdi was hired as a spe­cial as­sis­tant to Alder­son in Novem­ber 2010.

Ten­nis

Cahill quits as Halep’s coach: Dar­ren Cahill is end­ing his four-year coach­ing part­ner­ship with No. 1-ranked Si­mona Halep to take a 12-month break and spend more time at home with his fam­ily.

With Cahill, Halep won the 2018 French Open, her first ca­reer Grand Slam ti­tle.

Top-seeded Ste­fanos

Tsit­si­pas of Greece will face Aus­tralian teenager Alex de Min­aur in the cham­pi­onship match of the Next Gen Fi­nals on Satur­day.

Tsit­si­pas, who is ranked No. 15 in the world, beat 2017 run­ner-up An­drey Rublev 4-3 (3), 3-4 (5), 4-0, 2-4, 4-3 (2). De Min­aur saved all five break points he faced in his vic­tory over Jaume Mu­nar 3-4 (5), 4-1, 4-1, 3-4 (4), 4-2.

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