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Gonzalez calls it a career
PHOENIX - A tearful Luis Gonzalez announced his retirement as a player Saturday and joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as a special assistant in the front office. "Obviously, when you're a professional athlete, it's tough to close a book on something that you love to do," said Gonzalez, a Tampa native and a Jefferson High graduate who turns 42 on Tuesday. "But at the same time, it's a new beginning for myself, for my family." Gonzalez will assist team president and CEO Derrick Hall and other departments throughout the organization. The most popular player in the franchise's 12-year history, "Gonzo" will always be remembered for hitting the winning bloop single off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series - still Arizona's only major sports championship.CUBS: Left fielder Alfonso Soriano had an MRI, and Manager Lou Piniella said there's a good possibility he will need an injection to treat inflammation in his left knee. METS: David Wright is ready to get back on the field with the New York Mets, two weeks after he was hit in the helmet by a fastball from San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain. Wright, on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion, is expected to be activated Tuesday before the opener of a three-game series in Colorado. RED SOX: Tim Wakefield's balky back has forced Boston to scratch him from his next start. Jon Lester, originally scheduled to start today, will instead pitch in Wakefield's place Tuesday at Tampa Bay. Boston also obtained outfielder Joey Gathright from Baltimore for a player to be named or cash.