Yanks’ Sandman Exits
New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, hands the ball to Andy Pettitte as Derek Jeter, right, watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees defeated the Rays 4-0 in Rivera's final home game with the team. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York — Mariano Rivera said goodbye to Yankee Stadium with hugs, tears and cheers.
Baseball’s most acclaimed relief pitcher made an emotional exit in his final appearance in the Yankees’ home pinstripes, when captain Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to remove him with two outs in the ninth inning of a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
“It’s time to go,” Jeter appeared to tell Rivera.
During four minutes of thunderous chanting from the sellout crowd 48,675 began, an overcome Rivera sobbed as he buried his head on the shoulder of Pettitte, who also is retiring when the season ends Sunday, and then hugged Jeter.
It was an extraordinary sight in a sport where a manager almost always goes to the mound to make a pitching change.
Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2
Baltimore — Miguel Gonzalez pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Matt Wieters homered and drove in two runs, and Baltimore beat Toronto.
Royals 3, White Sox 2
Chicago — Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings, and David Lough hit a two-run homer to lead Kansas City over Chicago.
Braves 7, Phillies 1
Atlanta — Jason Heyward had a career-high five hits, including a leadoff home run, and Atlanta rode a five-run first inning to a victory over Philadelphia.
The win pulled the Braves even with idle St. Louis at 94-65 for the best record in the National League with three games to play. The Braves won the season series against the Cardinals and would win the NL’s No. 1 seed if the teams finish tied.
Padres 3, D-backs 2 (11)
San Diego — Alexi Amarista hit an RBI single in the 11th inning night and San Diego outlasted Arizona.
Brewers 4, Mets 2
New York — Scooter Gennett capped a four-run second inning with a two-run single and Milwaukee overcame some wild pitching that included the beaning of David Wright.
Fatal Stabbing at Game
San Francisco — The man who was fatally stabbed during a confrontation after a Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco was the son of one of a Dodgers security guard, the team said Thursday.
Dodgers spokesman Jared Kaufer said Thursday that Jonathan Denver’s father worked security at Dodger Stadium.
San Francisco police say Denver, 24, was walking with his father, brother and two other people not far from the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark Wednesday night when their group exchanged words with some Giants fans who were leaving a nightclub.
The exchange turned physical. and Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, was stabbed to death.
Denver attended the game with his relatives but left in the eighth inning of what turned out to be a 6-4 Giants victory. His attackers did not attend the game.
Police Chief Greg Suhr said two people were in custody, and one of them will face homicide charges.
Suspensions Handed Out
New York — Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez admitted he went too far with a hyped-up home run trot that ended in a benches-clearing scuffle against the Atlanta Braves.
Gomez was suspended Thursday along with Atlanta’s Reed Johnson for one game by Major League Baseball for their actions during the Brewers-Braves game a day earlier. Both players were fined an undisclosed amount.
Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman and catcher Brian McCann also were fined for their involvement.
Gomez accepted the penalty and sat out the series opener against the New York Mets on Thursday. Johnson was contemplating an appeal, according Braves general manager Frank Wren.