Twins’ Mauer re­tires af­ter 15 sea­sons

The Bradenton Herald - - 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 two-run 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 sixgame ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries.

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, and fin­ished as the top player in the world for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

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 run­nerup 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.

Amer­ica’s chances of re­tain­ing the Fed Cup this week­end im­proved when two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova was ruled out of the open­ing sin­gles for the Czech Repub­lic due to ill­ness.

Kvi­tova was the se­cond top-10 player lost to the Czechs, af­ter Karolina Pliskova was ruled out by calf and wrist in­juries.

Soc­cer

French fed­er­a­tion opens case: The French league of hu­man rights filed a dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suit against Paris Saint-Ger­main and the French soc­cer fed­er­a­tion said its ethics coun­cil will look into re­ports that the club’s scouts il­le­gally pro­filed the eth­nic ori­gins of po­ten­tial young re­cruits.

The fed­er­a­tion said its ethics coun­cil could ask the French league’s dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion to step in when its in­ves­ti­ga­tion is over.

Port­land’s Da­iron Asprilla de­posited a penalty kick past host Seat­tle Sounders goal­keeper Ste­fan Frei and the Tim­bers ad­vanced to the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals with a 4-2 win in a shootout late Thurs­day.

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