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Mariano Rivera set to retire after season

Mariano Rivera returned to the Yankees this spring after missing much of last year with a knee injury.
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Mariano Rivera returned to the Yankees this spring after missing much of last year with a knee injury.

Mariano Rivera, the legendary Yankees closer, is expected to announce on Saturday that he will retire after the season, reports said.

The New York Post and ESPN reported that Rivera will hold a press conference in Tampa to unveil his plans. Rivera has been in New York this week on what what was termed personal business.

Rivera was contemplating retirement last season before a knee injury in May ended his season. The 43-year-old righthander has played 19 seasons and has a record 608 saves in 1,051 appearances. He has a career WHIP of 0.99 and a carer ERA+ of 206.

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Rivera has pitched in 96 postseason games and allowed 11 earned runs over 141 innings.