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Yankees’ closer tries writing

– Mariano Rivera is writing an autobiography. No word on whether he’ll open with the final chapter.

Little, Brown and Co. said Monday it will publish “The Closer” next spring in English, Spanish and audio editions. A children’s edition will follow that autumn.

The career saves leader, who turns 44 in November, says he is retiring this fall following his 19th season with the New York Yankees.

Says the 12-time All-Star: “Now is the time for me to finally tell my full story, of where I came from and what my game, my family, and my faith have meant to me every day.”

Around the leagues

Toronto pitcher Aaron Laffey chose to become a free agent rather than report to the minor leagues. … St. Louis demoted struggling left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the minor leagues. … Los Angeles outfield prospect Yasiel Puig faces charges of reckless driving, speeding and driving without proof of insurance in Tennessee after police say he went 97 mph in a 50 mph zone. Puig plays for the Dodgers’ Double-A farm team in Chattanooga. … Umpire Brian O’Nora is recovering from an intestinal tear that forced him to make a sudden exit at a game last week. There is no timetable yet for his return. … San Francisco placed left-hander Jose Mijares on bereavement leave and recalled right-hander Sandy Rosario from Triple-A Fresno.

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