Category: Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter will have his number retired on May 14 of the 2017 season

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Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter, who is the best shortstop in Yankees history, will have his #2 retired and get a plaque in Monument Park on May 14, which is Mother’s Day. He played his final game with the Yankees at the end of the 2014 season after a career that saw him go to the All-Star game 14 times.

Before their game against the Houston Astros, Mr. November will become the 22nd player in the illustrious history of the Yankees to have his number retired. He played a franchise record 20 seasons with the Yankees and they were all at a high level except his final farewell season.

The Yankees will now not have any single digit numbers left since Billy Martin (#1), Babe Ruth’s (#3), Lou Gehrig (#4), Joe DiMaggio (#5), Joe Torre (#6), Mickey Mantle (#7), Yogi Berra & Bill Dickey (#8) and Roger Maris (#9) all have their numbers retired. They are all in the Hall of Fame except Martin and Jeter will be too in the first year that he is eligible (2020).

Jeter finished his career with four Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year award in 19963,465 hits (6th all-time), 1,923 runs scored (11th all-time), 260 homers, 1,311 RBIs, 358 steals, a .310 average, 544 doubles and a .377 on-base percentage. He also finished in the top 10 in MVP voting eight times. In only his third season away from the Yankees, he deserves to have a day at Yankee Stadium dedicated for him where his family and former teammates will be able to support him on the field and he he will be able to give a speech to address everyone at the stadium and watching on TV.

Captain Clutch retired in 2014 with a winning percentage in games that he played in of an excellent .593 and five World Series championships. He is known as a player who would do anything that it took to win on the defensive and offensive side. Jeter tops the Yankees all-time list in hits, games played (2,747), doubles, stolen bases, at-bats (11,195), singles (2,595) and hit-by-pitches (170). While Jeter was playing during his 20-year career, he was always the most popular Yankee and his jersey or shirt would be worn by fans more than any other player’s.

He will be the last member of the Core Four to have their number retired. Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte had their numbers retired in 2015 and Mariano Rivera, who has the most saves in MLB history, had his number retired in 2013 while he was still playing and was given a plaque in Monument Park in August of last season.

Bernie Williams, Jeter’s longtime teammate for 11 seasons, also had his number retired during the 2005 season. He is one of the great Yankee outfielders and helped the team win four World Series titles but the reason he isn’t included in the Core Four is because he wasn’t still on the team when they won the World Series in 2009.

Derek Jeter had a memorable appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday

Derek Jeter was on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night. Since retiring on Sunday, Jeter has also done a sit down interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show.

During the interview with Jimmy Fallon, Jeter talked about his new website, the Players’ Tribune, retiring his #2 jersey, how much playing for the Yankees meant to him, how his last game was like a funeral as well as other interesting topics. Jeter has been opening up a lot more recently. Fallon was at Jeter’s final home game at Yankee Stadium, and Jeter showed his sense of humor by how he was joking with Fallon about Fallon’s reaction to Jeter’s last at-bat. Jeter claimed that it was like he was at his own funeral during his final few games.

Below is the memorable interview with Jimmy Fallon:

Here are two of his new ventures: One is Derek Jeter Unfiltered with never before seen pictures and stories that give readers insight into his life that had not been known before, and the second is his new book called The Contract, geared for middle school students, that is based on the contract he had to sign for his parents in order to play sports.

In Derek Jeter’s final game, he was able to hit a single in a Yankees win

Jeter at Fenway Park.

Jeter at Fenway Park.

The Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 in Boston in Derek Jeter‘s final game in a Yankees uniform. He hit an infield RBI single in the third inning before he took himself out of the game and was replaced at first base by Brian McCann. He said that he wanted to go out after getting a hit and that’s exactly what he did.

It was fitting that his last hit of his career was a single because he had hit 2,594 singles before that in his career. He hit a ball that bounced high off of the plate and had to hustle to get to first. He drove in Ichiro Suzuki for the team’s third run of the game. He hustled to get to first so many times in his career, which makes it make sense that the last time he got on base was as a result of him giving all out effort.

“I told Ichiro to hit a triple, so he hit a triple,” Jeter said. In Jeter’s first at-bat, he hit a hard line drive that Jemile Weeks had to leap to catch and then he was able to drive in his 1,311th run in the third inning. Jeter finished his career with the sixth most RBIs in the storied history of the New York Yankees. Jeter was also able to accumulate 11 seasons with 190 or more hits.

Jeter realizes that some think less of him because of new sabermetric stats, which has led to criticism, but Jeter is happy to be remembered for the team he played for, his hustle, championships and consistency.

You want to be known as someone who had respect for the game, respect for your teammates, respect for the fans, respect for the media,” Jeter said in his final press conference. “I played the game hard. But for me, I’m happy being known as a Yankee. That is the only think I ever wanted to be – was a shortstop of the New York Yankees. Being remembered as a Yankee is good enough for me.”

The Yankees were also fittingly able to win Jeter final game. It was his 1,629 win as a Yankee. They won since the offense was able to score four runs off of Clay Bucholz and five runs off of reliever Craig Breslow.

Ichiro, in what might have been his last RBIs as a Yankee, tripled to deep center in the third to drive in Jose Pirela and Francisco Cervelli. For the fourth run of the inning, Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in McCann.

In the seventh inning, Breslow allowed five earned runs without recording an out. After Cervelli and Chris Young both singled, Pirela doubled to center to send them both home. Eury Perez singled to left and then John Ryan Murphy singled to center to score Pirela for the seventh run.

Drake Britton came into before Austin Romine hit, but of the runs that he allowed were charged to Breslow. Romine doubled to deep left center to drive in Perez and advance Murphy to third, and then Chase Headley singled to right to score Murphy for the ninth run. In the later innings Joe Girardi had Murphy, Perez, Romine, Antoan Richardson and Brendan Ryan all come into the game.

Michael Pineda gave the Yankees one final dominating start before likely being the number two starter behind Masahiro Tanaka next season. Pineda pitched 6.1 very effective innings, only allowed three hits and one run. He recorded 10 strikeouts, and he retired the side in order in the second, third, fourth and sixth innings. Pineda lowered his ERA to an outstanding 1.89, and he was able to allow two runs or less for his 12th time out of 13 starts.

Pineda’s single to Allen Craig in the seventh would be his only earned run because he would score with Esmil Rogers pitching. Rogers allowed four runs on one hit after the game had basically already been decided.

The Yankees will be losing their captain and that leadership will likely have to come from CC Sabathia, McCann, Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Yankees unfortunately did not make the playoffs in Jeter’s final season, but he did win five championships and made the playoffs in all but two of his full seasons, and he was able to finish the season with one or more hits in nine of his last 10 games. He finishes his career as the best shortstop of the live-ball era.

The Yankees followed Jeter’s heroic Yankee Stadium finale with a win at Fenway Park

Jeter jumping for joy after Thursday's walk-off.

Jeter jumping for joy after Thursday’s walk-off.

After Derek Jeter hit the game-winning walk-off hit to beat the Baltimore Orioles in his final home game on Thursday, the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Friday. Jeter’s walk-off was an inside out single to right that he has hit countless times in his career. David Robertson had the best blown save of his career in the top of the ninth to set up yet another clutch hit from Jeter.

After Brett Gardner sacrificed the fast Antoan Richardson to second, Jeter’s “Jeterian” single to right scored Richardson to win the game. Jeter leaped towards the sky after the run scored, walked back out to his position at shortstop to get one more view and then Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada fittingly came onto the field to greet their longtime teammate. It was a storybook ending to end Jeter’s career playing in front of the home fans in the Bronx.

Jeter even surprised himself with how the game ended. “I wouldn’t have believed it myself,” Jeter said. “I can honestly say I don’t think anyone played harder.” Jeter said that he is aware that other players have more talent, but his effort each and every day helped take him to the top. For the first time in his career, he asked to have Friday’s game off because he was so exhausted from Thursday and everything that happened after it.

I don’t know if I could play tonight if I wanted to play tonight,” he said. “Last night was as special as it gets.” He said that if he wasn’t going to play his last game at Yankee Stadium, the next best place is Fenway Park because of the rivalry. He will be the DH on Saturday and Sunday out of respect for the Red Sox.

“He had such a special night last night,” Chris Capuano said. “I think everyone can understand him just wanting to take a day.”

Jeter also hit a double to left in the first for his first RBI of the game. Hiroki Kuroda allowed only two runs in eight innings in what might have been his last start as a Yankee. He had a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts and didn’t fall apart like he did the last two seasons.

On Friday, Jeter received a “Derek Jeter” chant from the crowd even though he was only in the dugout. The Red Sox fans also proved that they recognize greatness since they booed when Jeter didn’t pinch hit in the ninth. The Yankees were able to get the win even though five rookies started the game. No one in the lineup had played more than 47 games for the Yankees this season.

Chris Capuano, who pitched in the beginning of the season in the bullpen for the Red Sox, did not allow an earned run in 6.2 innings pitched. He is a pitcher who the Yankees will likely consider for a spot in their bullpen next season. Allen Craig’s run in the second was unearned because Chris Young made an error on Craig’s single earlier in the inning. Capuano, who is 36, threw 91 pitches, struck out five and didn’t allow a walk.

Shawn Kelley, who allowed Rusney Castillo’s homer in the seventh, really faltered in the second half of the season. He has a 4.53 ERA, and his ERA in August was 7.59 and in September it was 4.70. Capuano might be a better option than Kelley next season. David Robertson, who was able to convert his 39th save of the season in the ninth, is in the last year of his contract and the Yankees could choose to let the cheaper Dellin Betances be the closer next season.

The Yankees had seven hits off of three Red Sox pitchers. Steven Wright, a relief pitcher who was making only his second start, allowed two unearned runs in five innings. Eury Perez struck out in the second but advanced to first as a result of a passed ball by Dan Butler. Francisco Cervelli’s single scored Perez and then Cervelli scored later in the inning on a throwing error by second baseman Mookie Betts, who is normally a center fielder.

In the seventh inning, Zelous Wheeler hit a sacrifice fly to score John Ryan Murphy to give the Yankees their third run. The Yankees need to win their last two games to match their 85 wins from last season.

Jeter during the game on 9/21.

Jeter during the game on 9/21.

Derek Jeter’s homer helped the Yankees win their second consecutive game 3-2

Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter.

The Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for their second consecutive 3-2 win. One game after Derek Jeter ended his 0-28 hitless streak, Jeter hit his first home run at Yankee Stadium of the season. The Yankees won because Chase Headley was the hero once again in the ninth.

The first Yankees run came in the fifth inning after Stephen Drew hit a deep double to right to drive in Headley and then Jeter slugged a homer to left off of an 82 MPH R.A. Dickey fastball. Jeter was able to take advantage of the fastball instead of having to figure out Dickey’s usual knuckleball.

I always look for a fastball,” Jeter said. “I have faced him (Dickey) quite a bit. He mixes them in every once in a while so I wasn’t surprised by it. It was a big hit for us at the time. I am happy we were able to hang on there. Obviously this year up until this point hasn’t turned out how I would like it to, but you got to keep fighting and battling. I am going to play hard until we are out of games.”

Shane Greene had yet another dominating performance for the Yankees. Greene didn’t allow a run and had six strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Greene retired the side in order in the second, fourth and fifth innings while only allowing three hits. He has an impressive 3.24 ERA in 13 starts this season, and Greene has proven that he deserves a spot in next year’s rotation.

Greene was not able to get the win because Shawn Kelley threw a high fastball that Jose Bautista easily hit out of the park for a two-run homer. Kelley has been much less reliable recently, but the Yankees were able to get magic in the ninth.

In the ninth inning, right fielder Chris Young hit a single to center, Antoan Richardson pinch ran and easily stole second and got to third on Brett Gardner’s bunt and then Headley hit a grounder that went through Adam Lind’s legs at first for an error to send Richardson home to win the game. It was Headley’s third walk-off with the Yankees.

Derek Jeter helped the Yankees win the first game of his final homestand at Yankee Stadium. Jeter and Greene both said that the Yankees are trying to win every one of their remaining 10 games since they are not mathematically eliminated from getting the second wild card (five games behind the Oakland Athletics). Hiroki Kuroda, who allowed one run in his last outing, will start Friday’s game for the Yankees.

Earlier this season, Jordan Brand released a tribute commercial for Jeter that had celebrities such as Spike Lee, Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Billy Crystal and Carmelo Anthony tip their cap to Jeter. Yesterday, Gatorade put out a commercial that had a much more local feel. Jeter asked to be let out of his car early and then greeted fans of all ages while walking to Yankee Stadium. He was serenaded by Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” while going into Stan’s Sports Bar for the first time and seeing the mural of himself outside that establishment.

Here is the outstanding Jeter Gatorade commercial that has over two million views in 24 hours:

The Rays beat the Yankees 6-1 on Wednesday at Tropicana Field

Derek Jeter warming up at Tropicana Field

Derek Jeter warming up at Tropicana Field

The Yankees lost to the Rays on 6-1 on Tuesday for their fifth loss in their last six games. The Yankees have now only scored seven runs in their previous six games, which has been a major reason for all of the losses.

Tuesday’s game stands out because it was the fifth time that a Yankee had been hit in the last four games by the Rays. Joe Girardi was so frustrated that after Derek Jeter was hit on the wrist in the eighth he was thrown out of the game. “Five times in four games we have been hit,” Girardi said. “Twice in the elbow, once in the chin, a ball at Gardy’s head last night, another ball at Chase’s ribs last night. I am all for pitching inside, but you got to know how to pitch inside, because it is extremely dangerous. Chase Headley is lucky that he is OK. I don’t know what they expect.”

Jeter and Headley have both been hit twice since Sept. 9 and Brian McCann has been hit once. “No one likes to get hit,” Jeter said. Obviously when it happens it’s unfortunate; when it happens a lot, then yeah, people get frustrated.”

After Jeter was hit in the eighth both benches were warned, which led to umpire Rob Drake ejecting Girardi, Tony Pena and David Phelps from the game. Phelps was ejected when he sent a fastball near Kevin Kiermaier’s chin to the backstop in the eighth. Drake ruled this intentional even though Phelps was only making his second appearance since August 3. This also caused Pena to be ejected since he was the acting manager with Girardi out of the game.

The game was close through the sixth inning as the Rays only had a 2-1 lead at that point. Michael Pineda rebounded well from his last start since he only allowed one run in 5.1 innings. He was not able to give the team much length since he had 100 pitches when he was taken out. Pineda has now allowed two earned runs or less in nine of his 10 starts this season giving him an impressive 2.15 ERA.

The only run that the Yankees scored in the game came off of a single by Ichrio Suzuki that scored Chris Young in the second inning off of Jake Odorizzi. The Yankees had seven hits and two walks but were only 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Brett Gardner and Brian McCann, the three and four hitters counted on to drive in runs, were both 0-4 and McCann grounded into a double play with Jeter on first in the eighth. In the seventh inning, after Antoan Richardson stole second, Brendan Ryan and Jacoby Ellsbury both lined out to the outfield in consecutive at-bats.

The Yankees relief pitchers fell apart in the seventh inning as three pitchers combined to allow four runs on four hits. Three of those runs were charged to Esmil Rogers and the fourth was charged to Rich Hill. The Rays scored their first run of the seventh when the dangerous Evan Longoria hit a single that sent Ben Zobrist home and David DeJesus to second. DeJesus’s single to right advanced Zobrist to second. Hill gave up two consecutive singles to James Loney and Nick Franklin, which led to DeJesus scoring the second run of the inning.

A play that is barely ever seen happened with Wil Myers hitting and Phelps pitching. Myers hit a sac fly to center and Longoria scored from third and Loney scored from second. Part of the reason they both scored was that Ellsbury had to dive to make the catch. Girardi likely protested the game after this play.

In an almost fitting ending to the drama-filled game, Brendan Ryan struck out swinging with runners on first and second.

The only memorable part of the game besides Pineda’s performance was that Jeter was honored before the game with a ceremony. Jeter does not have a hit in his last 26 at-bats, but will likely remember and enjoy the kayak in Yankee colors with the No. 2 on it and a framed Rays jersey of Tampa Bay senior advisor Don Zimmer, who died last year. Jeter developed a clos relationship with Zimmer while he was the bench coach with the Yankees and would touch him for good luck.

In Jeter’s final game at Tropicana Field, on Wednesday, Alex Cobb will start for the Rays and Brandon McCarthy will pitch for the Yankees. McCarthy has allowed two runs or less in six of his last eight starts, and he allowed zero runs in three of those eight starts.

David Phelps’s rocky fifth inning led to the Yankees losing to the Texas Rangers

Derek Jeter swinging.

Derek Jeter swinging.

The 4-2 loss by the Yankees to the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, was their third consecutive loss after winning seven of their first eight games after the All-Star break. The Yankees were not able to overcome the offense not performing and the four runs that David Phelps allowed in the fifth inning. Phelps only allowed two hits before the fifth inning.

Phelps pitched six innings, allowed four runs, eight hits and one walk. He had a 2.96 ERA over has last eight starts to lower his ERA from 4.53 to 3.77, but the four runs that he allowed raised the ERA to 3.89. Phelps had been locating pitches very well while mostly limiting mistake pitches that hurt him.

In the fifth inning, Elvis Andrus’s single to left scored Chris Giminez to make the score 2-1. Then, with Alex Rios on first and Andrus on third, Adrian Beltre doubled to left to score Andrus and tie the game. With the bases loaded, J.P. Arencibia’s single scored Rios and Beltre. All of the runs in the inning came with two outs.

“I was throwing strikes all night, and I almost threw too many strikes,” Phelps said. “It is just frustrating. Arranibia, I have faced him a lot, he put a good swing on a decent pitch, you gotta be better than that. I feel like I have a good chance with a lefty up there. It’s on me tonight. I’ve got to go out and set the tone in the first game of the series.”

Joe Girardi said that the losing streak is due to a lack of offensive production. They have scored a combined 10 runs in their past three games. “We didn’t score much tonight, which is one of the reasons,” Girardi said. “Hopefully we come out and score a bunch of runs tomorrow.”

The Yankees only went three for 16 with runners on base, which, in addition to Phelps’s fifth inning, led to the loss. The Yankees could have scored enough runs to get Phelps the win, but the offense was anemic once again. The Yankees had 11 hits and the Rangers only had nine, but the Yankees were 0-6 with runners in scoring position. Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner went a combined six for nine with three extra base hits, but the rest of the lineup was five for 28 with eight strikeouts.

Derek Jeter‘s double in the third tied him with Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on the all-time hits list. His single in the seventh inning put him in sole possession of seventh place on the all-time hits list. Jeter needs 10 more hits to tie Honus Wagner for sixth place. Many consider Jeter to only be behind Wagner when considering the best shortstop of all-time. Once Jeter passes Wagner sometime in August, he will retire with the only players ahead of him being legends Tris Speaker, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb and Pete Rose.

“You know, it’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said. “It’s tough to enjoy when you lost the game but yeah, I’m pretty sure when this season is over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it was.”

The only runs for the Yankees came from two Brett Gardner swings. In the third inning against Yu Darvish, Gardner hit his 11th homer of the season, and in the fifth inning, he slugged his 12th homer. Gardner now has four homers among his five hits in 12 at-bats against Darvish. Gardner’s previous career high in homers was eight, which he set last year. Darvish, who is third in the American League in strikeouts, had a 5.32 ERA in his last four starts, which proves that the Yankees were able to help him get back to his dominating form.

Brian McCann struck out with runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh. He had an opportunity to tie the game with a single since the Yankees were losing 4-2. McCann went 0-4, with two strikeouts and was 0-2 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees are counting on him being a productive hitter in the middle of the lineup, but he is only hitting .214 in the last seven games.

The only other offensive highlight for the Yankees was that Francisco Cervelli’s single to center in the fourth gave him a 10-game hitting streak.

It is important that the Yankees acquire another outfielder like Alex Rios from the Rangers because Ichiro Suzuki is only three for his last 38. The Yankees are currently on his no-trade list, which means that he would have to agree to the trade.

The Yankees will not face pitchers the caliber of Darvish in their next two games against the Rangers. On Tuesday game, Brandon McCarthy, who has a 1.45 ERA in three starts with the Yankees, will start for the Yankees, and Nick Martinez, who has a 4.73 ERA, will start for the Rangers. The Yankees need to win these next two games since the Rangers have the worst record in baseball.

The Yankees begin an important stretch of 10 of 16 games against teams below .500

Dellin Betances All-Star card

Dellin Betances All-Star card

The Yankees are 47-47 as the “second half” of the season begins, since their four-game All-Star break has ended, and they will play their first of three games against the Cincinnatti Reds on Friday. Derek Jeter, Dellin Betances and Masahiro Tanaka all made the All-Star team, but Jeter was the only one who played because Tanaka is injured and Betances was not put in the game by John Farrell.

Betances was not disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to pitch during the game. He enjoyed the whole experience of seeing Jeter go 2-2 in his final All-Star Game. “I guess I could use the rest and be ready to help the team win the division in the second half,” Betances said. The Yankees will need Betances, who has a 1.46 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 55.1 innings, to continue to command his slurve and fastball and dominate hitters like he has if they are going to win the weak AL East.

The Yankees are currently five games behind the first-place Orioles, but should be helped by their relatively weak schedule after the break combined with the challenging slate of games that Baltimore has.

The Orioles play their next 26 games against teams that are currently .500 or better. Their next 16 games are against the top three teams in the American League West, the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, who have some of the best pitchers in baseball, including Garret Richards, Felix Hernandez, Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray. The Orioles, who are 7-3 in their last 10 games are known for their offense – since they have the third best average, second most homers and fourth most total bases in the AL – but could be due for a regression as a result of their weak pitching and the challenging west coast trip that they will be on.

On the other hand, the Yankees will play 10 of their next 16 games against teams that are currently below .500. In those games, they will play the Reds for three games, the injury ravaged under .500 Texas Rangers for seven games, their AL East rival Toronto Blue Jays for three games and the under .500 Boston Red Sox for three games to end this stretch of games.

Of the next 16 games that the Yankees play their first 10 will be at home. They will need to reverse the trend of playing much better on the road. The Yankees have a 29-24 record in away games and a less than mediocre 18-23 record in the Bronx. They will need to have a better than .500 record at home and continue to play at a similar record on the road if they are going to make the playoffs. It would be a successful home-stand if they can go 6-4 before playing six games on the road against teams that are below .500.

The Yankees will almost definitely be trading for a pitcher who can be better than Chase Whitley in the rotation to help the team in the next few weeks. As of now, Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka could return sometime in August, but it is not known for sure if that will happen. It is necessary for the offense to consistently hit with power at home and on the road, which means Carlos Beltran needs to be healthy and productive, and Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian Roberts need to be reliable.

David Phelps, who has an impressive 2.08 ERA in two July starts, will start Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game at Yankee Stadium against the Reds. Mike Leake (7-7, 3.54 ERA) will get the start for Cincinnati. Brandon McCarthy will be making his second start for the Yankees in Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. game. The ground ball pitcher allowed one earned run in 6.2 innings in his start against the Cleveland Indians. A good sign for McCarthy is that after having a 4.88 ERA in June, he now has a 2.19 ERA so far in July. All-Star Alfred Simon, who is 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA will start on Saturday for the Reds.

On Sunday at 1:05 p.m, in the series finale, All-Star Johnny Cueto, who had a 2.13 ERA before the All-Star break, will start for the Reds. Hiroki Kuroda, who has a 4.10 ERA, but is coming off of a start where he allowed two runs in 7.0 innings against the powerful Orioles, will try for his seventh win of the season on Sunday. The Yankees begin an important stretch of games, and it is equally important that Cashman acquires the right players to help the team down the stretch.

Bartolo Colon is intriguing option since he has a 3.99 ERA for the Mets, has already pitched well for the Yankees in 2011 and the Yankees should not have to give up a lot to trade for him. It would make sense for the Mets to get a prospect back for him because at 41 he is obviously not in their long term plans.


Derek Jeter ended his last All-Star Game in style by picking up two hits and scoring a run

Here is Jeter warming up for his final All-Star Game.

Here is Jeter warming up for his final All-Star Game.

The American League beat the National League, 5-3, in Derek Jeter’s final All-Star Game, and Jeter fittingly was 2-2 with a run scored.

In the top of the first inning, Jeter made an outstanding diving catch to get a hard grounder by Andrew McCutchen in the hole, but because McCutchen has blazing speed he just barely beat the throw to first. Jeter has made many diving plays similar to that one in his career, so starting his final All-Star Game with another vintage Jeter play made sense.

In the bottom of the first inning, after Bob Sheppard’s famous recording announced Jeter’s at bat and the crowd graciously gave him a one-minute standing ovation, Jeter hit a double to the wall in right field off of Adam Wainwright. Jeter said that he will always remember that Wainwright, along with catcher Jonathan Lucroy, made sure to step away to leave plenty of time for the lengthy standing ovation.

Jeter scored the first of five American League runs after All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout hit a triple to deep right. During Jeter’s at-bat where he hit a double an obnoxious person was heard clearly yelling “overrated” at him. Jeter’s double was the best response possible to his incorrect statement. Jeter seemingly can always get a hit clutch hit in an important game.

In his second at-bat, in the third inning, Jeter hit a single to shallow right off of Alfred Simon. It was a classic inside out swing by Jeter that he has used to get so many singles during his illustrious career. He would advance to second base on a wild pitch by Simon.

The single in the third led to Jeter’s third multi-hit game as an All-Star, which is the most in the legendary history of the New York Yankees. Jeter, who was playing in his 14th All-Star Game, now has 13 hits in the All-Star Game, which is second most among all American League players. In fact, according to MLB, at 40 years and 19 days, Jeter is the oldest player in All-Star Game history with a multi-hit game. Jeter finished his last All-Star Game with an outstanding .481 career average.

In the top of the fourth inning, with Jeter already at shortstop, John Farrell had Alexei Ramirez come to the position to take him out so that Jeter could get another lengthy standing ovation. This was a great move by Farrell because Jeter was able to get what he deserved. There was a three-minute standing ovation, and Jeter tipped his cap repeatedly to the crowd and hugged and thanked all of his teammates in the dugout while Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” was appropriately playing at Target Field.

Jeter liked how he was taken out of the game. “My back was turned,” Jeter said. “I heard Cano yelling, but usually when he yells I ignore him (laughing). It was unscripted, but I like how it was handled.”

After the game, Jeter said that he never takes coming to the All-Star Game for granted he enjoys seeing the players that he admires for afar. He took the high road when the controversy started about Wainwright apparently trying to let Jeter get a hit in his first at-bat.

“He grooved them?” Jeter said. “The first was a little cutter he threw down and away. The second one was about 98 two-seamer that stayed on really good– I don’t know, man. (Laughter.) If he grooved it, thank you. You still have to hit it. I appreciate it if that’s what he did, thank you.

This was yet another game that Jeter has played well in big moment. It would make sense if the Yankees can make the playoffs for the 17th time in his 19 year career, but making the playoffs at this point is an unknown since they are currently five games behind first place. Jeter has a very impressive .308 batting average in 650 at-bats, which proves that the pressure does not get to him. He still has a chance to add to his legacy in the last few month of his career, but the will definitely never be another player who will have the impact on baseball like Jeter has had.

Here is what Jeter had to say to his AL teammates before the All-Star Game. He continued the tradition as fellow member of the Core Four, Mariano Rivera, talked to his AL teammates before his final All-Star Game last season.

Here is what celebrities like Billy Crystal, Spike Lee, Regis Philbin, and Michael Strahan had to say about what Jeter means to baseball:



Masahiro Tanaka’s second complete game of the season led to a 4-2 Yankees win over the Mariners

Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka nearly pitched a complete game shutout, but Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer (his first at Safeco Field this season) with one out in the ninth to make the score 4-2. He ended up striking out Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison to end the game and record his 10th win of the season.

The 25-year-old rookie from Japan, who has only one loss, leads the American League with his 2.02 ERA and 0.94 WHIP and is in fourth place in the AL with his 103 strikeouts. He tied Mark Buehrle for first in the AL with 10 wins as a result of winning his fourth consecutive start. He struck out 11 Mariners and only walked one, which improved his outstanding strikeout to walk ratio to 103 to 14. As a result of all of his pitches working for him he was able to not allow a Mariner to reach third until the eighth and strike out the side in the sixth inning.

“The bottom line is that I was able to make pretty much all of my pitches today, so that got me deep into the game,” Tanaka said. His splitter was working to perfection and that helped him record six swinging strikeouts through the first five innings.

Mark Teixeira’s three-run homer that drove in Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury in the fifth inning made the score 4-0 and ended up being the difference in the game. Teixeira currently leads the team in homers (11) and RBIs (30). His 17th career homer at Safeco Park just barely cleared the wall in right center. Ellsbury, who has improved his average from .273 to .290 since the game on June 3, is on a 15-game hitting streak. He has six multi-hit games in that span, and has three doubles, one homer, seven steals and 10 RBIs since the streak started on May 26.

Derek Jeter was one of three Yankees who had two hits, the others were Ellsbury and Gardner, and had a multi-hit game for the second day in a row. Playing in Seattle has helped him break the slump he has been in as he had not had more than a hit in a game since May 31 against the Twins. His two steals during the game pushed him over the 350 steal plateau, and according to Jeff Quagliata, he is now the third player in MLB history to have 3,000 or more hits, 350 or more steals and 250 or more homers. Craig Biggio and Rickey Henderson are the two others who accomplished this feat.

The Yankees scored their first run of the game on an Ellsbury single to center that drove in Roberts in the third inning. Roberts has an unimpressive .237 average this season. It is possible that Rob Refsnyder, who just got called up to Triple-A Scranton after hitting .342 and six homers at Trenton, could replace the veteran Roberts if Refsnyder continues to dominate at AAA.

Tanaka’s transition to playing baseball in the United States has been smoother than anyone expected. Tanaka, who was 24-0 last season in Japan and is 10-1 this season, is basically dominating Major League Baseball hitters the same way that he owned the Nippon Professional Baseball league. He is a lock to be an All-Star in his first season and it seems like he will finish in the top five in Cy Young voting in his first season. He was very modest to Meredith Marakovits after the game in assessing his performance this season, which proves how much he expects perfection.

“I have been doing OK, but it is a team effort, and I am really happy about today’s win,” Tanaka said. The Yankees hope that he will be “OK” the rest of the season since he has pitched better than basically everyone else in the American League, and the Yankees would be many game below .500 without him.

In the series finale at 10:10 PM EST, Chase Whitley will pitch for the Yankees. Whitley, who has a 2.42 ERA in five starts (26 innings), while having 18 strikeouts to only three walks, has given the Yankees more than they could have expected while filing in for CC Sabathia. He has one win, but the team is 4-1 in games that he has started.

Roenis Elias, who has 70 strikeouts and a 3.64 ERA, will get the start for the Mariners. Elias struggles more in night games as he has a 3.90 ERA in night games and a 2.91 ERA in day games.

The Yankees will look to push their winning streak to three before heading down the west coast to Oakland for a three-game series.