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By The Associated Press
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 10:30 p.m.
 

The Chicago Cubs say president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has accepted Kevin Gregg's apology for a tirade to the media and the team will not release him.

Before Saturday's game against Atlanta, Gregg says he's put the issue behind him and believes “it's over” as far as Epstein is concerned, too.

Gregg unloaded to reporters Friday about his dissatisfaction over apparently losing his closer's job to reliever Pedro Strop. His outburst came after allowing four runs in the ninth during Friday's 9-5 loss.

After learning of Gregg's comments, Epstein said he would consider releasing Gregg.

Patchwork for Rivera

It's not often teams wear a patch to honor an active player, but that's what the Yankees will do during their final four home games this season.

Beginning with Sunday's game against the Giants, the Yankees will wear “Mariano Rivera Final Season” patches on the left sleeves of their jerseys and on their caps.

Rivera will retire at season's end.

The patch features a photo of Rivera jogging out of the bullpen, showing the No. 42 on his back. It also has his name and the years he's been in the big leagues (1995-2013) embroidered on it.

“It's the end of us, yes,” Rivera said. “It happens. You should know that this is not forever. The time will come, and that time has arrived. You have to embrace it and move on.”

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