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The Philadelphia Phillies officially removed the interim tag from Ryne Sandberg's title Sunday morning, making him the 52nd manager in team history.

"Communication is one of my strengths, which is ironic because as a player I think I wasn't strong at all at communicating. I was focused on catching the ball and hitting it, and it kind of stopped there," Sandberg said. "That was all part of going to the minor leagues and aging a little bit and maturing."

Sandberg, who entered the season as the Phillies' third-base coach, was named the club's interim manager on Aug. 16 when Charlie Manuel was fired.

For the two years before that, he served as manager of Lehigh Valley, the Phillies' Class AAA affiliate, and including his time with the Chicago Cubs managed six years in the minor leagues.

---The New York Yankees honored closer Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, before Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

The 50-minute ceremony included appearances by former teammates, the retiring of his No. 42 jersey and rock band Metallica performing "Enter Sandman," the song played when Rivera enters games.

"Thank you for 19 years of support," Rivera said to fans. It's been a great run and you guys have been amazing. ... You guys will have a part of my heart here in New York."

Rivera is Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader with 652 in a career that has lasted 19 years.

---Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski was honored with a statue outside Fenway Park.

"It means tremendous importance to me," the 74-year-old said during the 30 minute ceremony. "This is as important to me as being elected to the Hall of Fame and having my number retired. It's a tremendous honor."

Former teammates Dwight Evans, Jim Rice, Bill Lee and Luis Tiant, and current Red Sox Dustin Pedroia, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava and manager John Farrell helped honor Yastrzemski, who won the Triple Crown in 1967.

---Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was scratched from the lineup Sunday because of flu-like symptoms.

---Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury might return to the lineup on Wednesday. He has been sidelined since Sept. 5 with a foot injury.
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