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Derek Jeter back in Yankees lineup Sunday

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Derek Jeter returns to the Yankees lineup Sunday against the Rays.
Derek Jeter returns to the Yankees lineup Sunday against the Rays. (USATSI)

While the Alex Rodriguez Three Ring Circus continues to dominate Yankees-related headlines, something else is afoot in the Bronx Sunday. Witness the presence of one Derek Jeter:

The Yankees enter Sunday eight games out in the AL East but only 3.5 out of the second wild card spot, so they're very much a player at this point and getting back their captain should certainly provide a boost.

Don't think it helps?

Yankees shortstops are hitting .215/.269/.291 this season, an utterly dreadful line. Jeter is 39 years old and coming off ankle surgery followed by a strained quad after just one game, yes, but he also hit .316/.362/.429 with 32 doubles, 15 homers and an MLB-best 216 hits last season. And now he's off the disabled list and in the lineup.

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