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Retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera walks off with MVP

iguel Cabrera

iguel Cabrera

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NEW YORK — New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera had his moment. He got a huge ovation from a hometown crowd and got an MVP, too.

The only thing he didn’t get was a save. American League manager Jim Leyland didn’t want to take any chance that the 43-year-old retiring all-time saves leader wouldn’t pitch in his final All-Star Game. Rivera pitched the eighth inning and Joe Nathan the ninth Tuesday, but Rivera stole the show when he took the field by himself, stood alone on the field and received a standing ovation.

‘‘It was tough; it was special,’’ Rivera said. ‘‘Seeing the fans sharing and both teams standing out of the dugout — managers, coaches, players — [was] priceless.’’

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who threw two perfect innings and earned the victory, was thought to have the inside track on the MVP as the game wound down, but Rivera was the sentimental choice.

‘‘There is no other MVP in this clubhouse or stadium other than him,’’ Sale said. ‘‘Enough said. He stole the show.’’

More replay on way

Baseball is moving closer to expanded replay for next season, executive vice president Joe
Torre
said.

Speaking to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Torre said. ‘‘We’re pretty confident we’ll have it in place for 2014.’’

Video review for home runs has been used since 2008.

‘‘We’re still in the tweaking stages’’ for next season, Torre said. ‘‘We’re not limiting ourselves.’’

Also, Major League Baseball Players Association chief Michael Weiner said any suspensions resulting from the Biogenesis investigation probably won’t be served until next season if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator.

And commissioner Bud Selig said he is optimistic about the Cubs’ negotiations toward reaching their renovation goals for Wrigley Field.

‘‘You know, Chicago politics don’t always move smoothly,’’ Selig said. ‘‘But it’s not something that’s really a concern of mine. It’s far enough down the line that it’s going to work.’’

Favor from a Tiger

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who homered against Sale last week, did Sale a favor by hitting a double and scoring the first run on a sacrifice fly by Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista in the fourth. That put Sale in position for the victory.

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth, and Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled in a run in the eighth. Kipnis played high school ball at Glenbrook North.

This and that

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano needed X-rays (they were negative) after being hit near his right knee by New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey in the first. He suffered a bruised right quadriceps and was replaced by the Boston Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia a batter later.

† The AL broke a three-game All-Star losing streak and will have home-field advantage in the World Series.

† Cubs left-hander Travis Wood didn’t pitch.



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