TWINS’ MAUER RETIRES AFTER 15 SEASONS
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.
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.
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.