Ichiro to announce retirement after this morning’s game

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A source has told Jim Allen of Kyodo News that Ichiro Suzuki has told the Seattle Mariners that he intends to retire after the Mariners-Athletics game currently underway in Tokyo. UPDATE: ESPN has confirmed the report and announced it during the Mariners-A’s broadcast.

While it was suspected that Ichiro’s intention was to only play the two games in the Japan Series and not remain with the Mariners once the regular season heads back to the United States, this is the first word we’ve heard that he does, in fact, plan to do that.

We’ll obviously have more on this later today if and when Ichiro does, in fact, make such an announcement publicly.

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.