The captain has returned, which is good for the Yanks. But for baseball, it is even better. Ratings are down, as is attendance, and the Yanks didn't have a face for the lovers and haters of the team to relate to or for those same people to go to the ballpark and see. Now they do.
The fact that the Yankees find themselves only 2.5 games out of the final wildcard spot is a tribute to Manager Joe Girardi's ability to maneuver a bullpen and starting pitching that has been consistent if not special...
The New York Yankees are desperately trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays today, and will have some help in the services of their captain. Derek Jeter makes his return to the Yankees lineup today, where he will bat second and play shortstop.
During his 2013 season debut last Thursday, Yankees captain Derek Jeter seemed to be playing well as the designated hitter, until he was suddenly pulled for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th inning. After the game, we learned that Jeter felt something during his final at-bat and took a precautionary MRI, which he acted very nonchalant about during his post-game press conference.
The Yankees are projected for 87 wins. They have 26 games in the second half against the Rays, Orioles and Red Sox with 12 against Boston. How can the Yanks make the playoffs for the 18th time in 19 seasons? Here is how:
When it's New York sports, Ian O'Connor has you covered. He recently talked with Mike Lindsley on 104.5 The Team about all things Yanks, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Carmelo Anthony's possible opt-out at the end of next season and what athlete has the most pressure on him to perform in New York right now...
The Yankees are now saying that Derek Jeter was brought back early because Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner have minor contusion injuries and a depleted bench needed a jolt. That is pure comedy. Don't buy into that. Here are the real reasons the Yankee captain is back before, not after, the All-Star break:
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