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March 8, 2013

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Retiring

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is expected to announce that he will retire after the season according to multiple media reports.

Rivera is making a comeback in 2013 after tearing his ACL during the 2012 season, he is 43.

Rivera will be a surefire first ballot Hall of Fame selection as he is without question the best relief pitcher to ever play and one of the best postseason performers of all time. He is Major League Baseball’s all time saves leader with 608 and all time postseason saves leader with 42.

Wrong fit

Los Angeles Dodgers and former Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford admitted on Thursday that media scrutiny got him during his time in Boston. Crawford disappointed in his one plus season with the Red Sox and he was shipped to the Dodgers in a massive salary dump with Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez.

That smile turned upside down quick,” Crawford said. “I think they want to see that in Boston. They love it when you’re miserable. Burying people in the media, they think that makes a person play better. That media was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

Borque waived

The Bruins faced struggling forward Chris Borque on waivers Thursday. Teams have until noon today to put in a claim on Borque or he will be assigned to the Providence Bruins of the AHL.

Borque has four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in 18 games this season and a +/- of -6. Jay Pandolfo has taken Borque’s spot in the lineup.

—Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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