• Yankee great Rivera’s son on New Hampshire team
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    New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, holding microphone, thanks his family including his sons Jaziel, laughing, Mariano Jr., second from right, rear, and Jafet, far right, and his wife Clara, second from right, foreground, during a retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, in New York on Sept. 22, 2013. Mariano Rivera Jr. will join the Laconia Muskrats this summer, part of the 12-team New England Collegiate Baseball League. He’s a right-hander, like his dad.

    LACONIA, N.H. — The son of retired New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is going to pitch for a collegiate summer program in New Hampshire.

    Mariano Rivera Jr. will join the Laconia Muskrats this summer, part of the 12-team New England Collegiate Baseball League.

    He’s a right-hander, like his dad.

    Noah Crane, the Muskrats’ general manager, tells New Hampshire Public Radio the 20-year-old Rivera Jr. is coming to the state because of the Muskrats’ close relationship with Pat Carey, Rivera’s coach at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. He says each year, the team has one or two of the school’s players.

    Rivera’s dad retired at the end of last season after winning five World Series championships with the Yankees. He is Major League Baseball’s career saves leader with 652.

    The Vermont Mountaineers play at Laconia in the second game of the season on June 6 at 6:30 p.m. The Mountaineers host Laconia on June 20, July 5 and July 9.

    Dustin Pedroia has

    cortisone injection in wrist

    CHICAGO — Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had a cortisone injection in his left wrist and hopes to return to Boston’s starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    The AL MVP was injured April 4 when Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez broke up a double play at second base in the ninth inning. Pedroia is hitting .139 (5 for 36) since then with one RBI and no walks, leaving his season average at .236.

    “Hopefully, I’ll be in here tomorrow,” Pedroia said Tuesday. They gave me a shot to calm everything down. They said it’s 24, 48 hours to kick in, and then I’ll get there and go.”

    He missed Sunday’s series finale at the New York Yankees.

    “I was getting a little bit worried. It was getting worse every day,” Pedroia said. “Everything got inflamed. You keep swinging and playing and it just adds up until you think something is really wrong.”

    Red Sox manager John Farrell said it was possible Pedroia could pinch hit Tuesday.

    In other injury news, closer Koji Uehara threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, is expected to throw another Wednesday and could be available for Thursday’s game. He has not pitched since April 9 because of a sore right shoulder.



    Rays-Orioles game

    postponed by rain

    BALTIMORE — Tuesday’s night game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles has been postponed by rain.

    A steady downpour and low temperatures were predicted for much of the night.

    No makeup date was immediately announced. Baltimore won the opener of the three-game set 7-1 on Monday, and the series was scheduled to conclude Wednesday afternoon.

    Tampa Bay announced Tuesday that left-hander Matt Moore will be lost for the season after opting to undergo elbow-ligament replacement surgery. In addition, reliever Brandon Gomes was slated to start on the mound in place of Jake Odorizzi, who was sent back to the team hotel Monday with an illness.

    Odorizzi will pitch Wednesday, manager John Maddon said.

    The Orioles, meanwhile, were preparing to play without center fielder Adam Jones, who was sent home with flu-like symptoms. Reliever Evan Meek was sent home with the same bug.

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