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Braves closer Wagner to retire after season

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) - Billy Wagner, only one month into his first
season as the Atlanta Braves' closer, says he is retiring after the
season.

Wagner, sixth all-time with 387 career saves, says he will
retire so he can spend more time with his wife and four children.

The 38-year-old left-hander has a $6.5 million option for 2011
if he finishes 50 games this season. He says he already has decided
he'd rather spend more time with his children on his Virginia farm.

Wagner is chasing John Franco's record of 424 saves by a
left-hander.

Braves general manger Frank Wren says Wagner's decision is not a
complete surprise.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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