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MLB Roundup: Selig to step down in 2015

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Commissioner Bud Selig is officially retiring in January 2015, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

"It remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life," Selig, 79, said in a statement. "Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term.

"I am grateful to the owners throughout Major League Baseball for their unwavering support and for allowing me to lead this great institution. I thank our players, who give me unlimited enthusiasm about the future of our game. Together we have taken this sport to new heights and have positioned our national pastime to thrive for generations to come. Most of all, I would like to thank our fans, who are the heart and soul of our game."

Selig was named acting commissioner in 1992 after Fay Vincent was removed by the owners and had the acting tag removed in 1998.

---Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta Braves outfielder Reed Johnson were each suspended one game for their roles in Wednesday's bench-clearing incident at Turner Field, Major League Baseball announced.

The suspensions were scheduled to begin Thursday night and the players can appeal. If either player appeals, the suspensions will be held in abeyance until the process is complete. Gomez was not in the lineup against the New York Mets, so it appears he will not appeal. Johnson was also not in the Braves' lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies, but he is not a regular.

The incident started after Gomez, 27, admired his home run for too long. He did apologize after the game, which Milwaukee won 4-0.

Braves catcher Brian McCann and first baseman Freddie Freeman were fined but not suspended.

---Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy, already out for the season, had another surgery on his pitching elbow Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Beachy was shut down two weeks after coming back from Tommy John surgery. He underwent another procedure, this time to clean debris from the elbow. He is expected to be ready by spring training next year.

Beachy returned from Tommy John surgery on July 29 after being out 13 months. He made five starts this year and went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings. His last start was Aug. 20.

---Second baseman Robinson Cano has visions of being baseball's first $300 million man, but the New York Yankees aren't keen on paying the top free agent anything close to that amount.

Cano, one of the Yankees' nine players on the 2013 payroll with an average salary of at least $14 million, is expected to test the market and be in high demand.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees offered $140 million over seven years, but Cano made it known he expected what is likely the final contract of his playing career to be in line with the 10-year, $275 million deal that the Yankees gave Alex Rodriguez in December 2007.

---New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said closer Mariano Rivera might play one inning in center field this weekend at Houston.

Rivera, 43, has shagged fly balls during batting practice his entire career and his teammates say he is the best athlete on the team. He did miss most of last season with a knee injury when he was hurt in the outfielder during batting practice before a game last May.

Meanwhile, as Rivera winds up his career, he holds the top spot among jersey sales on MLB.com since the All-Star break.

Of the top 20 players on the list, 16 are under 30 years old, with Rivera followed by New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.

---The Miami Marlins re-signed first baseman/outfielder Greg Dobbs for one year at $1.7 million, CBSSports.com reported Thursday.

Dobbs, 35, has a batting line of .229/.305/.301 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 226 plate appearances this year. A left-handed hitter, Dobbs is 10-for-47 with seven RBIs as a pinch-hitter.
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