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Garagiola, 87, retires from broadcasting biz

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer who was honoured by the Hall of Fame for his on-air work, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades.

The 87-year-old Garagiola said Wednesday that he's retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He said goodbye at a 30-minute news conference at the team's spring training facility, a session marked by his trademark one-liners and a bit of emotion.

Garagiola entertained audiences for 58 years with a sharp sense of humour and a seemingly endless list of stories. His personality transcended sports and landed him a pair of stints on the Today show and a slot as a guest host in Johnny Carson's seat on The Tonight Show.

Burnett getting the call

BRADENTON, Fla. -- For the first time in his career, A.J. Burnett is getting the call on opening day.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has named the veteran righthander the team's starter when the Pirates begin the 2013 season at home on April 1 against the Chicago Cubs.

It's an honour the Pirates expected to bestow upon Burnett last spring after he came over in a trade with the New York Yankees, but Burnett fractured his orbital bone while trying to bunt during his first spring training workout and missed the first month of the season.

Cabrera found on PED list

PEORIA, Ariz. -- San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera says he was "a little surprised" and "disappointed" by a report that his name was listed in the records of a now-closed Florida clinic at the centre of a Major League Baseball investigation into banned performance-enhancing drugs.

ESPN reported Tuesday that Cabrera was on a list as having received performance-enhancing drugs, although the network said the documents are not proof he used or received them.

-- The Associated Presds

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 21, 2013 D8

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