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After chartering 787, Tanaka introduced by Yanks

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POSTED February 11, 2014 9:59 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest high-priced addition to the New York Yankees stood at the dais in front of a large news conference, put on his pinstriped jersey with No. 19 and smiled.

“Hello. My name is Masahiro Tanaka,” he said slowly in English. “I’m very happy to be a Yankee.”

After chartering a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for his trip from Tokyo to New York, the 25-year-old right-hander with the $155 million, seven-year contract was introduced Tuesday not in the news conference room downstairs at Yankee Stadium, but in the Legends Suite Club, where the high rollers congregate on game days.

Roy Oswalt retiring after 13 seasons in majors

Roy Oswalt is retiring after 13 major league seasons.

The pitcher’s agent, Bob Garber, confirmed the decision Tuesday and said the right-hander would go to work for his agency.

The 36-year-old Oswalt had a 163-102 career record with a 3.36 ERA. A three-time All-Star and the 2005 NL championship series MVP, Oswalt won 20 games in consecutive seasons (2004-05) with the Houston Astros. He pitched more than 200 innings seven times but was hampered by injuries in recent years.

Oswalt was 0-6 with an 8.63 ERA in nine outings and six starts for Colorado last year. He signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in May 2013 and missed time with a strained left hamstring.

Jack Clark retracts comments about Pujols

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Radio host and former Cardinals player Jack Clark has apologized for and retracted comments he made last year implying that Albert Pujols used steroids.

Clark, who played for the Cardinals from 1985-87 and was a four-time All-Star, issued a public retraction Monday night for his comments made about Pujols, a nine-time All-Star, who played for the Cardinals from 2001-11 before signing a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

Braves to honor 40th anniversary of Aaron’s record

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are planning to honor the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s record 715th home run in a pregame ceremony before their home opener against the Mets on April 8.

The team also announced Tuesday that the Braves will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve during the season. The patch, shaped like home plate, carries the number 715, Aaron’s autograph and a “40th Anniversary” banner.

Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record on April 8, 1974, at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. He finished his career with 755 homers, a record passed by Barry Bonds, who finished with 762.

Braves president John Schuerholz said the anniversary “deserves a season-long celebration.”

Aaron celebrated his 80th birthday on Feb. 5.

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