Tag:Derek Jeter
Posted on: July 7, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 2:41 pm
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Jeter chases No. 3,000 against Rays

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By Evan Brunell

Much to the relief of Yankees fans (and the Yankees themselves, although they won't admit that), Derek Jeter came through the Cleveland series still shy of hit No. 3,000 although he did narrow the gap to just three away.

Now, Jeter heads home to New York to begin a four-game series against the Rays. If Jeter wants to get No. 3,000 before the All-Star Game, it will have to come during those four games. So let's take a look at each opposing pitcher and how Jeter has fared.

NiemannThursday
Facing: Jeff Niemann (5.05 ERA, 4.26 xFIP, 29/12 K/BB in 46 1/3 IP)

Niemann hasn't exactly gotten 2011 off to a great start through nine starts and is the worst of the four starting pitchers that Jeter will face. If he doesn't get at least a hit off Niemann, he'll find the going rough the next few games. The good news is that Jeter rips Niemann, collecting five hits in 10 trips to the plate, adding on a walk and striking out just one. Those are encouraging numbers, and even better for Jeter, Niemann's average fastball velocity is the lowest it has been in the majors at 90.9 mph. A slow fastball is manna for aging hitters.

Friday
HellicksonFacing: Jeremy Hellickson (3.21 ERA, 4.47 xFIP, 68/39 K/BB in 103 2/3 IP)

Hellickson is a rookie, so Jeter has only faced him twice and collected one hit. In the running for Rookie of the Year, the righty has been very lucky so far even though he deserves to be considered one of the best up-and-coming pitchers. Still, with a below-average strikeout rate and average walk rate, he isn't fooling many batters. While he's benefited from an amazing defense behind him, all Jeter needs to worry about is putting the ball in play. Against Hellickson, he can do that.

PriceSaturday
Facing: David Price (3.56 ERA, 2.87 xFIP, 122/23 K/BB in 124 IP)

It will be hard for Jeter to muster anything against Price, who has been dominating this year. He's stingy with walks and strikes out an average of almost nine batters per game. Helping Cap'n Jetes is the fact that Price is a left-hander. Jeter has always hit lefties far better than righties and that's continued in 2011 as he's mustered just a .245./294/.303 mark against righties, but dominating lefties at .299/.405/.403. In 28 plate appearances against Price, Jeter has a .240 batting average with a double, home run and three walks, but has struck out five times.

ShieldsSunday
Facing: James Shields (2.47 ERA, 2.87 xFIP, 132/33 K/BB in 134 2/3 IP)

Shields, the early front-runner for AL Cy Young Award honors, was on a scorching streak in June, registering three straight complete games and a 1.06 ERA over five starts. His first and last start of the month wasn't fantastic, leaving his overall month at an even 3.00 ERA. Still, Shields is a dangerous pitcher, but Jeter has faced him the most of any Rays pitcher by far with 55 plate appearances and a .315/.327/.389 line. He may not walk much or hit for power, but that .317 average bodes well for Jeter's hopes if he enters Sunday still reaching for No. 3,000.

Overall, Jeter has a career .309/.372/.447 line against the Rays, but the vast majority of those at-bats came when the Rays were hapless and Jeter was an elite hitter. That didn't stop him from hitting .301 against Tampa in 86 plate appearances last season, although he did so with no walks or power. Both New York and Jeter have only seen the Rays twice this season thus far and he's collected one hit in nine trips to the plate.

While playing in New York is generally a positive thing for Jeter over his career, it hasn't been so far in 2011. He's slashing .285/.347/.400 on the road, compared to a paltry .234/.301/.262 at home.

Still, with four games on the docket, just three hits away and encouraging numbers against the Rays, Jeter will likely rifle hit No. 3,000 at some point in the series. The only question is which game.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Jeter Watch: Only three to go

By Matt Snyder

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed his chase for 3,000 hits Wednesday night in Cleveland. Justin Masterson took the hill for the Indians and was dominant through 7 1/3 innings, allowing only two hits. But Jeter got to him with a double over the right fielder's head in the eighth for his 2,997th career hit.

Jeter Watch
Jeter began Wednesday with 2,996 career hits, good for 28th on the all-time list and atop the list of active players. He collected two hits Tuesday night -- an infield single and a double in the gap.

We'll be updating this blog post after each Jeter plate appearance.

Plate appearance No. 1: Struck out swinging.

Plate appearance No. 2: Flew out to deep center, a bit shy of the warning track.

Plate appearance No. 3: Walked.

Plate appearance No. 4: Double to deep right.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Pepper: Harper was 'bored' in Class A



What is the latest with Jon Lester? What will the Yankees get out of the return of Phil Hughes? Tony Lee of NESN.com joins Lauren Shehadi to answer those questions and more.

By Evan Brunell


BORED: Bryce Harper admitted he was "bored" in Class A in a CSN Washington interview, as the Washington Post recaps. The 2010 No. 1 pick said he had developed bad habits over his last 20 games with Hagerstown. Those 20 games represent 25 percent of Hagerstown's entire season.

“Those last 20 games, I was really, you know, really not too focused,” Harper said. “You know, I was wanting to get out of there, doing things that I shouldn’t have been doing. And once I got [to Harrisburg Monday night], baseball was fun again. It was a lot of fun being out here, being in this kind of crowd, this type of atmosphere. You know, that’s what you live for.”

Harper hit .318/.423/.554 in 72 games for Hagerstown before the promotion and had 14 home runs. On one hand, it's understandable that Harper got bored with the level as the 18-year-old really didn't have much left to prove. One could also argue the Nationals shouldn't have left him in Hagerstown so long. Even a high-Class A promotion could have sparked Harper's interest. On the other hand, it's a sobering revelation that Harper fell into bad habits because he was bored. Again, he's only 18 and was playing in Class A, so no sweeping proclamations should be made here that would follow Harper for the rest of his career. But unless he matures in this area he could face sticky situations in the future. What if Harper, expected to be a perennial MVP candidate in Washington, gets bored after his second MVP award, falling into bad habits and tailing off? What if the Nationals aren't contenders? Will this be Zack Greinke all over again?

Harper did say that he won't pressure Washington for a promotion to the majors, but he also didn't publicly lobby for a promotion out of Class A and instead got bored over his last 20 games. The outfielder has said in the past that he hopes to reach the majors by the end of the year, but GM Mike Rizzo has already flatly ruled out any big-league promotion.

“I’m gonna let them make that decision,” Harper said. “I’m not gonna force the issue or anything. I’m just gonna go out and I’m gonna play my game like I can. ... I’m here right now, and we’re trying to win a championship here. That’s what I want to do.” (Washington Post)

HUGHES IS BACK: Phil Hughes is finally back and will start for New York on Wednesday. After a mysterious loss of velocity that saw him placed on the disabled list after just three starts on the season, Hughes' velocity has returned and he's ready to move on. "It's not like I'm towards the end of my career; I knew I have a few good years left in me," Hughes said. "I figured it didn't just go away, that something had to be up. That's why I went and got it checked out. And ever since I took that rest and the cortisone, it's been a different story." Hughes will be facing Cleveland and Justin Masterson at 7:05 p.m. (New York Daily News)

BURGLAR PASSES ON TICKETS
: A car burglar stole an Apple iPod in a town outside of Chicago. There were also two tickets to a Cubs game in the car, but the burglar passed. Ladies and gentlemen, your Chicago Cubs! (Chicago Tribune)

END OF SEASON FOR CUBS
: The Cubs better just pack it in, right? That's what Gordon Wittenmyer writes, noting that no club has ever come back from 16 games below .500 to eventually reach October. The Cubbies are now at 17 games under. (Chicago Sun-Times)

TICKETS RISING: As Derek Jeter chases hit No. 3,000, Yankees tickets on the resale market have spiked. On June 29, you could have gotten a July 9th ticket for an average price of $117. Now, it's all the way up to $188. (BizofBaseball.com)

SOX ON THE HUNT: In a TV interview with NESN, Theo Epstein admitted that the Red Sox were eyeing trading for a "complementary" position player (likely a right-handed backup outfielder), feeling that the pitching depth is strong enough, as WEEI transcribes. Epstein also notes that Lackey is running out of time to turn his season around, and his rotation spot would be in danger if he continues to pitch poorly. (WEEI)

DELAYING PINEDA: The Mariners are trying to figure out a way to delay Michael Pineda's second-half debut to keep his workload light, but it all depends on whether he gets elected to the All-Star Game. Teammate Felix Hernandez pitches Sunday, so is ineligible to play in the All-Star Game. If Pineda is named as Hernandez's replacement, he will likely not pitch until June 19 in Toronto, which would be his 10th day of inactivity, All-Star Game excluded. (Seattle Times)

BEDARD CLOSE: The Mariners expect to have Erik Bedard back shortly after the All-Star break. Bedard is having a fine comeback season but just landed on the 15-day DL. While the M's haven't set their rotation in stone, it's looking like Bedard will be healthy enough to return during the Texas series that begins the second half of the season.

BATTERED: Brian Matusz was one of the Orioles' best pitchers last year. This year? After missing the start of the season with an injury, he was rocked to the tune of a 8.77 ERA in six starts, earning a demotion to Triple-A. Alas, his first start down there went just 5 2/3 innings, coughing up four runs. (Baltimore Sun)

GARLAND DONE: The end of the season for Jon Garland is here, as he will undergo shoulder surgery with an expected recovery time of six months. That means the impending free agent has an outside shot at breaking camp next season. (Los Angeles Times)

ADVICE, PLEASE: For Toronto's minor leaguers in Lance Durham and K.C. Hobson, their travails through the minor leagues are affected by the fact they are the son of a major leaguer (Leon and Butch, respectively). These players lean on their dads for advice as they fight to reach the majors. (Slam! Sports)

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Jeter Watch: Up to 2,996

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek JeterDerek Jeter got his 2,995th and 2,996th hits off the same pitcher he recorded hit No. 2,994: Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco.

Leading off the game, Jeter hit a slow chopper to third that Orlando Cabrera couldn't field cleanly with his barehand, and the ball was (rightfully) ruled a base hit. In the second, he hit a double in the gap to score two and give New York a 3-0 lead.
Jeter Watch

On June 13 at Yankee Stadium, Jeter led off the game with a single and then left the game after flying out in the fifth inning. Jeter's three plate appearances in that game (going 1 for 3) are the only three in his career against the 24-year-old Indians right-hander.

In that last game, Carrasco loaded the bases in the first, only to get out of the inning and went on to hold the Yankees scoreless and allow just four more hits in seven innings for the Yankees' first 1-0 loss at new Yankee Stadium.

We'll be updating this post after each Jeter plate appearance tonight.

First plate appearance (1st inning): Infield single to third.

Second plate appearance (2nd inning): 2-run double to left-center.

Third plate appearance (3rd inning): Struck out looking.

Fourth plate appearance (5th inning): Flies out to center.

Fifth plate appearance (7th inning): Grounds out to shortstop.

Sixth plate appearance (9th inning): Grounds out to third.

Up next: The Yankees finish their series in Cleveland against right-hander Justin Masterson, before returning to Yankee Stadium for four games against the Rays to finish out the first half. Jeter is 5 for 12 against Masterson in his career.

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Posted on: July 4, 2011 6:19 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Jeter Watch: Chase for 3,000 resumes

By Matt Snyder

The active leader in career hits is back in action Monday night for the Yankees, as Derek Jeter has returned from the disabled list. The Yankees are in Cleveland to play the Indians and Jeter will be hitting leadoff.

Jeter Watch
Jeter enters the game with 2,994 career hits, good for 28th on the all-time list. When he does get to the famed 3,000-hit plateau, he'll tie Roberto Clemente for 27th. Of the 27 men with at least 3,000 career hits, the only ones not in the Hall of Fame are Pete Rose, Craig Biggio and Rafael Palmeiro. Biggio's going to get in when eligible, Rose is banned and Palmeiro likely won't get in due to testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Simply put, 3,000 hits is good for automatic election to the Hall, unless there are special circumstances.

We'll be updating this post after each Jeter plate appearance.

Plate appearance No. 1: Reached on an error by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.

Plate appearance No. 2: Flew out to center field.

Plate appearance No. 3: Grounded out to third base.

Plate appearance No. 4: Lined out softly to shortstop.

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Posted on: July 4, 2011 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 4, 2011 1:01 pm
 

On Deck: Jeter returns; fireworks in St. Louis?


By C. Trent Rosecrans

Derek JeterJETER RETURNS: You may have heard by now, but Derek Jeter is on his way back. The Yankee captain is expected to start at shortstop and leadoff for the Yankees today against Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.86 ERA). Jeter is 2 for 6 lifetime against the right-hander. Jeter hasn't played since leaving a game against the Indians on June 13 with a strained right calf. On June 12, Jeter had two singles off of Tomlin, driving in two runs in a 9-1 Yankee victory. The Yankees are 14-4 in 18 games without Jeter. Yankees at Indians, 6:35 p.m. ET (Follow live)

BAD BLOOD: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto makes his first start in St. Louis since his part in a benches-clearing brawl last August at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Not only that, he's facing off the same pitcher that started that game for St. Louis, Chris Carpenter. Cueto was suspended seven games after kicking at players after he was pinned against the backstop. Carpenter was among those on the other end of Cueto's spikes and showed off scratches and scrapes on his back. Carpenter said Cueto's actions would have consequences "on the street." We'll see if he goes all 'hood on Cueto when the Reds' pitcher has to bat. The two teams also had words the last time they met, May 15 at Great American Ball Park when Reds closer Francisco Cordero hit Albert Pujols in the ninth inning of the Reds' final game of a three-game sweep. Cardinals backup catcher Gerald Laird, bench coach Joe Pettini and pitching coach Dave Duncan took offense and screamed at Cordero and other Reds players from the bench. Reds at Cardinals, 6:15 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Rays ON TARGET: The Rays have won six of seven games against the Twins this season and all three games played at Target Field. Tampa Bay has won its last five games in Minnesota and have to feel good with David Price on the mound. The All-Star lefty is 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA and is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four appearances all-time (three starts) against the Twins. The Twins counter with lefty Brian Duensing, who is 5-7 with a 4.69 ERA but hast the team's lone win against the Rays this season, allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings on April 17 at Tropicana Field. Rays at Twins, 2:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:30 pm
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Bay plays hero

Jason Bay

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

Jason Bay, Mets: At one point someone on TV said, "Jason Bay's the Mets' last hope," and I thought to myself, that's the most ominous statement I've heard in a long time. Well, Bay proved me wrong. He walked in the ninth against Mariano Rivera and went on to score the game-tying run on Rony Paulino pinch-hit single off of Rivera. The next inning he singled with two outs and bases loaded to give the Mets a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

Blake Beavan, Mariners: In his big-league debut, Beavan allowed three hits and a run in seven innings. The right-hander was acquired by the Mariners in last year's Cliff Lee deal and was called up to replace Erik Bedard, who went on the 15-day DL earlier this week. A control specialist, Beavan threw 64 strikes and 26 balls. 

Melky Cabrera, Royals: Cabrera was one of two Royals to finish a triple shy of the cycle in Kansas City's 16-8 victory over the Rockies. Cabrera finished with two homers and five RBIs. Eric Hosmer drove in four with four hits, including two singles. Kansas City had 12 extra-base hits in the win.


Cliff Lee, Phillies: He's not going to appear here much, but he certainly deserves to be in this slot following Sunday's game. Not only was his scoreless innings streak stopped at 34 in the third inning, he gave up four runs on three homers in the eighth inning, allowing 10 hits and seven runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays

Ramiro Pena, Yankees: Filling in not only for Derek Jeter, but also Eduardo Nunez, Pena committed two errors in the last two innings, including a crucial error in the 10th inning that extended the inning for Bay. Pena's ninth-inning error nearly ended the game, but Brett Gardner and Russell Martin made great plays to nail Lucas Duda at the plate and send the game to the 10th. In the 10th, Pena bobbled a ball hit by Daniel Murphy with two on and two out, loading the bases for Bay. The good news is Jeter returns Monday.

Elvis Andrus, Rangers: With two outs in the eighth inning and Texas holding on to a 2-1 lead, Andrus booted a ball by Hanley Ramirez, allowing the tying run to score. Logan Morris followed with a two-run double and Mike Stanton added an RBI single. Florida went on to win, 6-4. Andrus' 16 errors is tied with Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro for second-most in baseball, with Baltimore third baseman Mark Reynolds leading the way with 19.

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 10:45 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Jeter ready to return after rehab stint

Derek Jeter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

In what is expected to be his last rehab start, Derek Jeter went 1 for 2 with a bunt single, a walk and a throwing error in six innings for Double-A Trenton on Sunday. In two games with Trenton, he was 2 for 4 with two walks and played 11 innings in the field at shortstop.

Jeter was placed on the disabled list last month with a strained right calf and played both Saturday and Sunday nights in Trenton. He is expected to be in the lineup for Monday's game in Cleveland, where he continues his run at 3,000 career hits. He has 2,994 as he returns from injury.

Jeter has two hits in six plate appearances against Cleveland's scheduled starter, Josh Tomlin.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was in Trenton the last two nights to see Jeter and told the Associated Press, "He's good to go."

Jeter was named a starter for the All-Star Game earlier on Sunday, marking his 12th All-Star selection.

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