Brad Ausmus, 41, says he will retire after this season

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Veteran catcher Brad Ausmus told Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles on Saturday that he intends to retire at the end of the 2010 season.

“This year is it,” Ausmus said.

The 41-year-old inked a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Dodgers in the offseason and was also given a $1 million mutual option for 2011.  That option, of course, will not be exercised.

Ausmus suffered a back injury during the regular season’s opening week and played his first game since April 8 on Saturday night.  He’s 2-for-8 on the year with a double and an RBI.  Known mostly for his defense, the 17-year veteran collected three Gold Gloves and was named to the 1999 All-Star Game.  He holds a .252/.325/.344 career batting line with 80 home runs and 1,567 total hits.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.