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Veteran pitcher retiring

NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte is calling it quits and says he will retire after this season. The 41-year-old says he has exhausted himself mentally and physically and knows the time is right.

This marks Pettitte's second stab at retiring as he called it quits after 2010 season. He sat out only one year before returning to the Yankees. He is scheduled to make two more starts this season, including Sunday when the club will honor Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium.

Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, also is retiring.

Pettitte holds the major league record with 19 postseason wins. His final start is scheduled for next weekend in Houston, his hometown. Pettitte pitched for the Astros from 2004-06.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Playoff push continues

UNDATED (AP) — Coming up tonight, the battle over the two American League wild-card spots continues as Texas plays at Kansas City, Tampa is home to Baltimore and Cleveland is entertaining Houston. The Rays and Rangers continue to hold down the two spots with identical records of 83-69 while the Indians are a half-game back at 83-70. Baltimore is two back at 81-71 and the Royals three back at 80-72.

The Cardinals top the Pirates by a game in the National League Central race with Cincinnati a game back of Pittsburgh. Tonight the Cards are at Milwaukee while the Pirates are home to the Reds in the first game of a huge three-game series.

The Red Sox can clinch the American League East tonight as they play host to the Blue Jays. Last night the Sox wrapped up a playoff berth with a win over the Orioles.

And in Detroit Max Scherzer tries once again to get his 20th win of the season. The right-hander, who is 19-3 with a 2.95 earned run average, has crossed the 200-inning pitch plateau for the first time in his career and takes on the White Sox.

The Mets have a game against the Phillies tonight in Philadelphia. The game means nothing in the standings but it marks the return of Mets captain David Wright to the lineup after missing seven weeks with a strained right hamstring.

NFL-BROWNS

Quarterback and running back news

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will probably not need surgery on his sprained right thumb and could return sooner than expected. Weeden was injured in Sunday's loss at Baltimore. On Thursday, he visited a hand specialist, who confirmed the diagnosis of a sprain and did not find any further damage.

The Browns have also announced that newly signed running back Willis McGahee (muh-GAY'-hee) will play Sunday when they meet the Vikings.

The 31-year old is a nine-year veteran who has rushed for over 8,000 career yards, including four 1,000-yard seasons. He has played for Buffalo, Baltimore and the Broncos.

NFL-FALCONS

Baker not able to play

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be without left tackle Sam Baker in Sunday's game at Miami. Baker missed practice all week with foot and knee injuries. The Falcons are a banged up team as they have lost five starters to injuries this week.

NASCAR-SYLVANIA 300

Qualifying for Sunday's race

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Practice and qualifying for Sunday's Sylvania 300 Sprint Cup race is taking place today at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is the second race in the Chase for the Championship. Top-seed Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in last week's race at Chicagoland. It was his sixth victory of the season. Gibbs racing teammate Kyle Busch was second.

GOLF-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Stenson looks good

ATLANTA (AP) — Three players have the early clubhouse lead during the second round of the Tour Championship. Keegan Bradley, Nick Watney and Gary Woodland are all at 3-under. First round leader Henrik Stenson has completed 11 holes and is 9-under for the tournament.

Adam Scott has played the same number of holes and is four-back at minus 5.

Tiger Woods shot a 1-over-71 and is 4-over overall.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-HAWAII CHAMPIONSHIP

Round one today

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — The opening round of the Hawaii Championship on the Champions Tour is in progress.

Brian Henninger and Mark Wiebe (WEE'-bee) currently share the on-course lead at 3-under. Henninger has completed nine holes, Wiebe five.

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