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Alex Rodriguez announces retirement, will play final game Friday

Alex Rodriguez’s 22-year baseball career will come to an end on Friday when he plays his final game for the New York Yankees, and then assumes a special advisor role with the club, the Yankees announced Sunday.

The Yankees and Rodriguez held a news conference Sunday to signal the end of a complex and undeniably dominant career. Rodriguez is still owed $21 million in $2017 and about $7 million for the remainder of this year; the Yankees will release him following Friday’s game and he’ll continue in a role as advisor through 2017. General manager Brian Cashman confirmed that Rodriguez will receive his full salary through the expiration of his 10-year, $275 million contract.

Rodriguez’s final game will come Friday night at Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays, the final chance to add on to a resume that includes 696 home runs, fourth in baseball history.

“This is a tough day,” Rodriguez said Sunday. “I love this game, and I love this team. And today, I’m saying goodbye to both.”

Said Yankees chairman Hal Steinbrenner in a statement: “After spending several…

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