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Seattle Mariners former designated hitter Edgar Martinez smiles as he speaks at a news conference announcing the retirement by the team of his jersey number 11, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Seattle. The Mariners will retire Martinez's number as he continues to move closer to induction in the baseball Hall of Fame. Team president Kevin Mather said that Martinez's number will be officially retired Aug. 12 as part of a weekend celebration. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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  • Seattle Mariners former designated hitter Edgar Martinez smiles as he speaks at a news conference announcing the retirement by the team of his jersey number 11, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Seattle. The Mariners will retire Martinez's number as he continues to move closer to induction in the baseball Hall of Fame. Team president Kevin Mather said that Martinez's number will be officially retired Aug. 12 as part of a weekend celebration. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Seattle Mariners to retire Edgar Martinez’s number

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    A look at events and attractions surrounding Super Bowl LI

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    On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry

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