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 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.
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.
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.