Yankees’ Mark Teixeira plans to retire at season’s end

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03: Mark Teixeira #25 raises his arms as Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees scores on a single by Rob Refsnyder #38 against the New York Mets during the seventh inning of a game at Yankee Stadium on August 3, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Mets 9-5. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira plans to retire at the end of the season.

A news conference Friday afternoon before the series opener against Cleveland was held for Teixeira to announce 2016 will be his final season.

Slowed by injuries, the 36-year-old first baseman is hitting .198 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs. A three-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner, he is in the final season of a $180 million, eight-year contract.

His 404 home runs are fifth among switch-hitters, trailing only Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), Chipper Jones (468) and Carlos Beltran (415).

His plans were first reported by ESPN.

Greg Bird, a 23-year-old who missed this season following shoulder surgery, is projected by the Yankees as Teixeira’s successor.

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