New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez announces that Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, will be his last game as a player during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Rodriguez will continue on in a role as a special advisor to the team and an instructor through Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Alex Rodriguez to retire on Friday

One of the most prolific hitters and polarizing figures in baseball history, the slumping slugger plans to take his final turn at-bat with the New York Yankees on Friday night and then become a special adviser and instructor with the team next year.

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Austin Allen extends hit streak to 21 in TinCaps loss

TinCaps catcher Austin Allen extended the longest active hitting streak in the Midwest League to 21 games on Sunday afternoon in a 1-0 loss for Fort Wayne against the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) at Cooley Law School Stadium.

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Allen, TinCaps top Cubs 4-3 in 15 innings

Catcher Austin Allen provided the go-ahead hit for the TinCaps in the top of the 15th inning — a two-out single off Dillon Maples (L, 1-1) — to plate center fielder Rod Boykin from second base.

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Countdown to Kickoff – Concordia Cadets

A number of talent players at the skill positions return for Concordia in 2016 as the Cadets look to keep things competitive in the SAC following a 5-6 campaign.