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Monday
Sep292014

Jeter Ends Career with RBI Single

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- At Fenway Park, the home of the Yankees' archrivals the Boston Red Sox, Derek Jeter received a standing ovation after recording the final hit of his 20 year career. The New York Yankees shortstop singled home a run in the top of the third before being lifted for a pinch-runner.  

The base hit was the 3,465th of his career, sixth most all-time, and gave New York a 3-0 lead en route to a 9-5 win. The 40-year-old removed himself from the game, being replaced by Brian McCann at first base. 

"I had a blast," said Jeter, who made his Major League debut in 1996, winning the AL Rookie of the Year. "Listen, I had an opportunity to do what I wanted to do, the only thing that I ever wanted to do. I know that not a lot of people can say that. I've been fortunate. I've had fun. There is not a thing I would change."

Prior to the game, a ceremony honoring Jeter featured multiple Boston sports icons who could also call themselves "Captain" -- former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, New England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr, current Washington Wizard and former Celtics guard Paul Pierce all paid tribute to the 14-time All-Star.

The Red Sox also donated $22,222.22 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. Almost $600,000 in charitable donations were given to his foundation throughout the course of the season.

Despite not reaching the postseason in his final year, Jeter was a member of five World Series championship teams and is the Yankees all-time leader in hits, stolen bases, singles, and doubles.


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Friday
Sep262014

Jeter Ends Career at Yankee Stadium in Dramatic Fashion 

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- No one was sure when Derek Jeter should be taken off the Yankee Stadium field for the last time, so Jeter handled the issue himself.

Jeter hit a walk-off RBI single to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in his final game in pinstripes Thursday.

It looked like Jeter's night was going to end earlier. The Yankees went into the ninth inning with a three run lead, but Adam Jones hit a two-run homer and Steve Pearce tied the game with a solo blast, allowing Jeter the opportunity for one last at-bat.

Rookie Jose Pirela opened up the bottom of the inning with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Antoan Richardson, who advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Gardner. Jeter then came up and swung at the first pitch, lining it into right field and giving Richardson just enough time to score the winning run.

After celebrating with his teammates, Jeter shared pleasantries with former teammates Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and ex-manager Joe Torre.

While Jeter's career at Yankee Stadium is over, his time in the major leagues isn't. Jeter and the Yankees finish out their season with three games against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.


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Wednesday
Sep242014

Jeter & Yankees Eliminated from Postseason Contention

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees (81-77) were eliminated from playoff contention after falling to the Baltimore Orioles (95-63) Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, 9-5.

Jeter went hitless in four at-bats to end his seven-game hitting streak.

The Yankees had an early 3-0 lead, but starter Shane Greene (5-4) coughed up six earned runs in the fourth. Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis drove home the go-ahead run with a two-run single.

Baltimore starter Bud Norris (15-8) allowed three earned runs on five hits over six innings of work. He struck out nine batters and walked only one.

It’s the first time the Bronx Bombers have missed the postseason in consecutive years since 1992 and ’93.


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Saturday
Aug092014

Derek Jeter Passes Wagner for Sixth on All-Time Hits List

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Derek Jeter passed the only shortstop remaining on the all-time hits list on Saturday in the bottom of the sixth inning with a base hit off Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.

Jeter is set to retire at the end of the season and Honus Wagner was the last person he could probably reach when the season started.

"Honus Wagner, he is the last one on the list who has played shortstop," Jeter said. "That one hits home a little bit. Anytime you pass guys that have had the careers that they've had, it is kind of overwhelming."

The 40-year-old shortstop collected his 3,431 hit off of Kluber, but the Indians shut out the Yankees, 3-0.

Tris Speaker, who sits at No. 5 on the all-time hits list, has 3,514 hits.


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Wednesday
Jul162014

AL Wins in Jeter's Last All-Star Game Hurrah

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 in his final All-Star game, and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run to help the American League down the National League 5-3 Tuesday.

Jeter was the highlight of the game. The 14-time All-Star doubled to leadoff the bottom half of the first inning and proceeded to score on Mike Trout's triple. Jeter then led off the bottom of the third with a single.

Jeter took the field in the top of the fourth but Alexei Ramirez ran out onto the field to replace him. That sparked almost everyone at Target Field to give No. 2 a standing ovation while the song "New York, New York" played in the background. Jeter then went into the AL dugout where he received hugs from his teammates before coming back on the field for a curtain call.

After the celebration ended the NL tied the game 3-3 when Jonathan Lucroy doubled in pinch-runner Dee Gordon. But Mike Trout, who was named the game's MVP, gave the AL the lead for good in the fifth when he laced an RBI double down the left field line.

The game ended with some excitement for the home crowd as Twins pitcher Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth to earn the save for the AL.


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Monday
Jul072014

MLB All-Star Teams Announced

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star teams were announced on Sunday night. Toronto's Jose Bautista was the leading vote-getter among all players, garnering 5.6 million fan votes.

Joining Bautista in the starting lineup for the American League are Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Robinson Cano (Seattle), Josh Donaldson (Oakland), Derek Jeter (New York), Nelson Cruz (Baltimore), Adam Jones (Baltimore), Mike Trout (Baltimore)  and Matt Wieters (Baltimore). Boston's John Farrell will be the manager after leading the Red Sox to the World Series last year.

Baltimore led the AL with three starters voted into the lineup. Wieters, who is injured and cannot play, was replaced by Kansas City's Salvador Perez. The Athletics boast the best record in the bigs and lead every team with six total selections. Other notables on the AL squad include pitchers Yu Darvish (Texas) and Masahiro Tanaka (New York) along with Yoenis Cespedes (Oakland) and Victor Martinez (Detroit).

The National League will be led by Yadier Molina (St. Louis) and Chase Utley (Philadelphia), each of whom will be making their sixth appearance in the midsummer classic. Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Aramis Ramirez (Milwaukee), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh), Carlos Gomez (Milwaukee) and Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles) were also voted into the starting lineup.

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was voted a member of the NL squad but will not be allowed to pitch after being traded to Oakland. His spot was filled by Atlanta's Julio Teheran. The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright headline the pitching staff for manager Mike Matheny.

The MLB All-Star Game will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn. on Tues., July 15.


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Monday
Apr072014

Derek Jeter Scores in His Final Opening Day at Yankee Stadium

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with a double and a run in his final Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Orioles on Monday.

Jeter missed a homer by a couple inches in the bottom of the fifth and settled for a double before Jacoby Ellsbury drove him in.

A crowd of 48,142 gave Jeter a standing ovation in his first at-bat.

The "Core Four" members Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

"It was a fun day, it was fun from the start," Jeter said.  "Home openers are special at Yankee Stadium."

Jeter missed last year's Opening Day due to his ankle injury that kept him out most of the year.

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Sunday
Apr062014

Derek Jeter Climbs to 8th on All-Time Hits List as Yanks Roll 

Elsa/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- It may be his final season playing in the MLB, but Derek Jeter is not finished cementing his legacy.

The New York Yankees shortstop gained sole possession of eighth place on baseball's all-time hit list with two hits in the first four innings of Sunday's 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.  He now has 3,320 career hits, one ahead of Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

Jeter tied Molitor in the third inning with a line single to right, and passed him with a ground ball up the right-field line past Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

C.C. Sabathia allowed four runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out six while picking up his first win of 2014.  David Robertson closed the door in the ninth inning for his second save in as many chances.

The Yankees concluded their season-opening road trip with a 3-3 record.  They return home Monday to face the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

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Wednesday
Feb192014

Derek Jeter: 'I've Done It for Long Enough'

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is content about riding off into the sunset following the 2014 season. The five-time World Series champion announced last week that he would be retiring at season's end or after the playoffs.

"I just think I've done it for long enough," Jeter said Wednesday at his spring training press conference at Steinbrenner Field.  "I look forward to doing some other things in my life, I can't reiterate enough that we still have a season to play."

Jeter, a 13-time All-Star, has been the Yankees starting shortstop since 1996. He was drafted by the organization in 1992 and named Captain by George Steinbrenner during the 2003 season.

"I know I haven't been as open with some of you guys as you would have liked me to be over the last 20 years," said Jeter, who has showed little emotion throughout his career. "That's by design, it doesn't mean I don't have those feelings."

Jeter was hampered all of 2013 with an ankle injury after breaking it during the ALCS back in 2012, but he insisted that his ankle is completely fine and he is healthy. 

"I want to try and enjoy each and every day throughout the course of the year," Jeter said.  "It's been very difficult for me to do that over the course of my career because I've always tried focused about what you can do next."

"I never really enjoyed the ride," he added.

Jeter is the last of the 'core four' Yankees that included Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte, who were also part of the Yankee's five World Series titles.

"It's all about the time, you can't do this forever," Jeter said.  "There's other things I want to do, I want to have a family. That's important to me."

During his 19 major league seasons, Jeter has a .312 average, 1,876 runs scored, 256 home runs, 3,316 hits, 348 stolen bases and has made the playoff 17 times. Last year, Jeter appeared in 17 games and hit .190 with one home run and 7 RBIs.

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Wednesday
Feb122014

Derek Jeter to Retire After 2014 Season

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will retire after the 2014 season, the five-time World Series champion announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Jeter, a 13-time All-Star, has been the Yankees starting shortstop since 1996. He was named Captain by George Steinbrenner during the 2003 season, and saw his friends Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retire last season.

Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, confirmed the news in an email to ABC News.

"For the last 20 years I've been completely focused on two goals: playing my best and helping the Yankees win," Jeter wrote on Facebook. "That means that for 365 days a year my every thought and action were geared toward that goal. It's now time for something new."

Jeter was hampered all of 2013 with an ankle injury after breaking it during the ALCS back in 2012. He hit just .190 with one home run and 7 RBIs in 2013.

"Last year was a tough one for me," Jeter continued. "As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle. The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward."

"So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100% sure," he added.  "And the thing is, I could not be more sure. I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."

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