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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 Al­lS­tars in Tokyo in the open­ing game of a sixgame ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries. Juan Soto, Car­los San­tana and Amed Rosario had all home­red to give the MLB squad a 6-4 lead, but re­liever Kirby Yates couldn’t close out the game.

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 and had been part of the trio run­ning the team’s base­ball op­er­a­tions af­ter Alder­son took a leave in July fol­low­ing a re­cur­rence of can­cer.

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