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Report: Posada to retire

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Report: Posada to retire

One of the faces of the rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees is calling it quits.

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada is planning to retire, according to an ESPN report.

The report says that Posada, 40, is expected to make the announcement in the next two weeks.

Posada was part of the "Core Four," along with shortstop Derek Jeter, closer Mariano Rivera and pitcher Andy Pettitte, helping the Yankees win five World Series championships between 1996-2009.

Posada lost his catching job before the start of last season and did not hit well when he moved to become a designated hitter. A switch-hitter, he was batting .165 against lefties on May 14 when he was dropped to No. 9 in the batting order and asked out of the game against Boston.

He finished the season hitting .235 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI. He then hit .429 in the five-game division playoffs series loss against Detroit.

Posada will finish his career with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI. He was a five-time All-Star.

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

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Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

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