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• Outfielder Darnell McDonald, 35, who was in the Cubs' Spring Training camp, has announced his retirement after 15 years in baseball. He posted this on Instagram: "After playing [15 years] professionally I'm humbled to announce that I'm hanging up my spikes. When one dream ends a new one begins. BIG thanks to everyone that has helped me fulfill my dream of playing in the show."

McDonald batted .222 in 15 games this spring. He played for the Orioles, Twins, Reds, Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs, and finishes with a career .250 average.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.
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