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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. Kirk Gibson Jersey . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. 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Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Neymar has already done a lot at the Confederations Cup to erase doubts about what he can do for Brazil. Another good performance in the final against Spain on Sunday and few will be able to dismiss him as the future of Brazilian football. Neymar made headlines across the world before the Confederations Cup by signing with Barcelona, but he arrived at the World Cup warm-up tournament marked by lacklustre performances in the famous yellow jersey. He quickly changed that by scoring three goals in four matches, leading Brazil to the much-anticipated final against Spain. The 21-year-old striker was voted man of the match in the teams first three matches and was decisive again in the semifinal against Uruguay. "Im really happy with how things have turned out for me and for the national team so far," Neymar said Friday. "We only have one match left and I hope we can play well to finish off with the title." The decisive match against world and European champion Spain at the Maracana Stadium provides the perfect stage for Neymar to lift his first significant title with Brazil and to try to prove his critics wrong for good. He has been waiting for that chance for a long time, and had said before the tournament began that "it would be a dream come true to play" the final against the Spaniards. "Im anxious already," the Brazilian striker said. "This is a match that can stay with me for the rest of my life. I will be defending my country, with the entire world watching." Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Neymar has already proved his worth regardless of how he plays in the final. "Barcelona must be beaming seeing what he has been doing here," Scolari said. "He has been playing well, making a difference against European defenders." Wearing the No. 10 jersey, Neymar opened the scoring for Brazil in the opener against Japan and also in the second match against Mexico, both times with remarkable goals. He netted his third with a well-placed free kick against Italy, and he also assisted in both Brazil goals on Wednesday against Uruguay. "Neymar is our idol, he is the peoples idol,&" Scolari said.dddddddddddd "He has had a nice string of matches and everybody is happy about that. Its important for him to be going through all of these different situations with Brazil because its something that will make him even better in the future." Neymar attracted everyones attention with great performances with Santos in Brazil, but critics were quick to downplay his potential after he failed to replicate that same success with the national team. He was often criticized for diving too much, an issue that came up again during the Confederations Cup when Uruguay captain Diego Lugano publicly accused the Brazilian striker of trying to "fool the referees and the rivals." The remarks prompted the Brazilian football federation to put out a lengthy statement in the players defence. "Its worth repeating that Neymar doesnt need to resort to diving to play the type of football that is enchanting the world," the federation said. At the tournament Neymar has, like many attackers, gone to ground easily, but has also looked more muscular and resistant to the attentions of some of Europes best and biggest defenders. Neymar had been struggling before announcing his move to Barcelona. He hadnt scored in nine matches and many doubted whether he would come through for Brazil. The Confederations Cup is his third significant competition with the national team. He helped Brazils under-20 squad win the South American championship in 2011, but his first test with the senior team was the 2011 Copa America, when Brazil was eliminated by Paraguay in the quarterfinals. The second was in the 2012 London Olympics, when he was the star of the Brazilian squad that was favoured to win its first Olympic gold medal in football but left with the silver after a loss to Mexico. Neymar was among the players loudly jeered by home fans after playing poorly in a 2-2 draw in a friendly with Chile earlier this year. That seems a long time ago. "The Brazilian fans are completely behind us now," Neymar said. "They are supporting us no matter what and hopefully they will be our 12th player again on Sunday to help us win this title." Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap Wholesale Jerseys From China Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '

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