Rivera likely to retire after new two-year deal runs out

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Mariano Rivera inked a two-year, $30 million contract last week with the Yankees.  It may be the last contract of his career.

Rivera, 41, posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 innings this past season, fanning 45 batters and walking only 11.  He converted 33 of his 38 save chances and did not allow a run in six postseason appearances.  Mo could probably pitch well into his mid-40s with that same cut fastball that seems to break every bat it touches, but he apparently won’t.

The closer and Yankees legend told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News on Saturday that he’s likely to hang up his cleats when his new deal with the Yankees runs out.

“I wanted two years,” Rivera said. “That will be fine.  I think maybe that might be the last two years.”

Rivera boasts a 2.23 career ERA and a 1.00 career WHIP with 559 saves to his name.  Closers don’t always have an easy road to the Hall of Fame, but he’s a no-doubter.

Padres ride double-decker tour bus to AT&T Park

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On Sunday morning, the Padres planned to take a bus from their hotel in San Francisco to AT&T Park ahead of their afternoon game. The bus never showed. MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell reports that team director of player and staff services TJ Lasita flagged down an empty San Francisco tour bus, negotiated a rate, and got his players an impromptu ride to the ballpark.

The Padres’ Twitter account and Annie Heilbrunn of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweeted pictures and video:

The Padres and Giants are playing the rubber match of their three-game series this afternoon. The Padres will then travel to Arlington for a series with the Rangers. The Giants will welcome the Rockies.