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  • 14 August 2019
    导出博客文章NEW YORK -- Ready or not, Alex Rodriguez will play his final game in pinstripes
    this week.One of the most prolific hitters and polarizing figures in baseball
    history, the slumping slugger plans to take his final turn at-bat with the New
    York Yankees on Friday night and then become a special adviser and instructor
    with the team next year.A-Rod and the club made the announcement before Sundays
    3-2 victory over Cleveland.This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this
    team, he said, often choking up. And today Im saying goodbye to both.The
    41-year-old Rodriguez, who sat out the 2014 season while serving a
    performance-enhancing drug suspension, will play against Tampa Bay at Yankee
    Stadium and then be released following Fridays game. New York will pay him the
    remainder of the approximately $27 million hes owed as part of his $275 million,
    10-year contract.Rodriguez said the agreement arose out of conversations over
    the past few days with Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. The
    two met face-to-face more than once, and A-Rod said he asked for one more chance
    to play in front of a New York crowd.Relegated to little more than a spare part
    lately, the three-time AL MVP acknowledged the last four weeks have not been
    fun.Its been very painful and embarrassing to sit on the bench. Its been
    awkward, Rodriguez explained. So from that sense Im very happy that we found
    this solution.But he made it clear he still thinks he could contribute on the
    field.Of course, I think I can play baseball. You always think you have one more
    hit in you, or help the team win one more game, for sure, said Rodriguez, who is
    four home runs shy of 700. That wasnt in the cards. That was the Yankees
    decision and Im at peace with it.A news release issued by the club indicated
    Rodriguez will be released after his final major league game to sign a contract
    that gives him a job working with minor leaguers throughout the Yankees farm
    system. He will report directly to Steinbrenner, and the deal runs through Dec.
    31, 2017.A-Rod said hell go home to Miami following Fridays game, and he thought
    his new duties would begin in spring training. He thanked the Steinbrenner
    family for the opportunity to stay in baseball.General manager Brian Cashman
    acknowledged that Rodriguez has a right to change his mind and pursue any
    potential opportunity. And for his part, Rodriguez never used the word
    retire.So, if another team offered him a chance to play, would he consider
    it?You know, when Hal told me, I just told him: `Give me a few days. I need to
    kind of think on this, sleep on it. I have not thought past the pinstripes, and
    my horizon is Friday, he said.Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said when Rodriguez
    makes decisions, theyre pretty much final.He played a long time, since he was 18
    years old, Sabathia said. I know he has bigger goals and bigger dreams to do
    different things.A 14-time All-Star, Rodriguez is hitting .204 this season with
    nine home runs and 29 RBI in 216 at-bats. Hes started only once in 15 games
    since July 22.Its sad to see Alex going like this, teammate Brett Gardner
    said.New York manager Joe Girardi said hed talk to Rodriguez about possibly
    playing this week in Boston.If he wants to play in every game, Ill find a way,
    Girardi said.When the fourth-place Yankees (56-55) jettisoned veterans Aroldis
    Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran leading up to last weeks trade
    deadline, they made it clear they were turning toward a youth movement.On
    Friday, 36-year-old first baseman Mark Teixeira announced he will retire at the
    end of the season.We all want to keep playing forever, Rodriguez said. But it
    doesnt work that way.A-Rod trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and
    Babe Ruth (714) on the career home run list and joins Boston bopper David Ortiz
    as iconic stars apparently in their final seasons this year.As much as hes gone
    through, the PED stuff and all the stuff thats kind of happened throughout his
    career, hes still one of my favorite players to watch as a child growing up,
    Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. said. Hopefully we can send him off with a
    thank you for a great career.Rodriguez has a $20 million salary this year and is
    owed $20 million more in 2017, the final season of a $275 million contract that
    was the largest in baseball when he signed it.After spending several days
    discussing this plan with Alex, I am pleased that he will remain a part of our
    organization moving forward and transition into a role in which I know he can
    flourish, Steinbrenner said in a statement.Rodriguez led the Yankees to their
    2009 World Series title, but its been a tumultuous tenure since he arrived
    before the 2004 season in a trade with Texas.And right up until Sundays surprise
    announcement, his time in pinstripes has been filled with drama.He won his
    second and third AL MVP awards with the Yankees but has been a pariah to some
    since his 2009 admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs with the
    Rangers.Starting in 2008, Rodriguez made six trips to the disabled list in six
    seasons.Major League Baseball suspended him on Aug. 5, 2013, for the remainder
    of that season and all of 2014 for violations of baseballs drug and labor
    contract, caused by use and possession of numerous prohibited
    performance-enhancing substances and attempting to cover up his violations.On
    Sunday, Rodriguez said hes been to hell and back, and made every mistake in the
    book.Asked how hes managed to repair his relationship with Yankees management,
    he smiled and said: I have no idea. I wish I knew.I do want to be remembered as
    someone who was madly in love with the game of baseball, Rodriguez said. And
    also, Im going to be hopefully remembered for someone who tripped and fell a
    lot, but someone that kept getting up.Rodriguez returned from hip surgery and
    played while appealing the suspension, and the following January an arbitrator
    cut the penalty to all of the 2014 season.A-Rod made a successful return last
    year, when the Yankees made him a full-time DH, but his offense slid late in the
    season. He hit .250 with 33 homers and 86 RBI overall.His slump continued at the
    start of this season when he hit .185 with four homers and eight RBI in April.
    He batted .130 in May and was on the disabled list because of a strained right
    hamstring. His average rose to .267 with two homers and 13 RBI in June before
    dropping.Mechanically, I just never felt like I caught up, Rodriguez said. I
    thought I would have a strong finish and a stronger year next year, but again,
    that wasnt in the cards.Rodriguez started his big league career with Seattle in
    1994 and signed a $252 million, 10-year contract with Texas before the 2001
    season. When the Rangers decided to trade him, a proposed deal to Boston fell
    through before he was traded to New York. He agreed to shift from shortstop to
    third base with the Yankees, who already had Derek Jeter at shortstop.A-Rod
    opted out of the contract after the 2007 season, became a free agent and signed
    his $275 million deal with the Yankees.---AP Baseball Writers Ronald Blum and
    Ben Walker, and freelance writer Mark Didtler in St. Petersburg, Florida,
    contributed to this report.
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    shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a
    92-79 victory Saturday night.
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    stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom
    recognized by anyone outside their inner circle.
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    victory of the season that it was hard for coach Jacque Vaughn to stop praising
    his players.
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    Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. STOKE, England -- Bournemouth won away in
    the English Premier League for the first time this season after ending Stokes
    recent revival with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.Nathan Akes 26th-minute header was
    enough for Eddie Howes team to grab all three points -- and its first league win
    in four matches -- as Stoke looked off the pace in the first half.The hosts
    improved after the break but blew the chance to extend their unbeaten run to
    seven league matches for the first time since December 2012 when Bojan Krkic
    crashed a penaltyy against the crossbar at the start of the second
    half.dddddddddddd.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe wanted his players to show they
    were a better side than the one which slumped to successive defeats to
    Middlesbrough and Sunderland prior to the international break. They did just
    that with a solid and well-drilled performance.After 12 rounds, midtable
    Bournemouth has 15 points, two more than Stoke. ' ' '