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Yankees ‘Marching Through Georgia,’ baseball-style

Who would have thought Joe Torre was such a prophet back in 1996? The Yankees lost the first two games of the World Series to the Braves at Yankee Stadium, but the ever-cool Torre promised Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner he would bring the Series back to the Bronx by winning the three games at Atlanta.

“That is my town,” said Torre, who both played and managed for the Braves and lived in Atlanta for more than a decade. “We’ll win the games there and wrap up the Series in Game 6 here.”

Lord knows what Steinbrenner made of such a boast other than to respond, “You better!”

Thanks to the pitching of David Cone and Andy Pettitte, the hitting of Bernie Williams and Jim Leyritz and the fielding of sore-legged Paul O’Neill, the Yanks did precisely that by sweeping the Bravos in their own yard and capping off the Series with a victory at home over Hall of Fame-bound Greg Maddux in Game 6.

And the Yankees have not stopped winning in Atlanta ever since, including this weekend by completing a three-game sweep with a 20-6 battering of the Braves.

Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each homered and drove in four runs. Drew reached base in all six of his plate appearances with three singles and two walks to go with his 16th dinger that got his season batting average over .200 (.201).

Jacoby Ellsbury started the parade against Braves starter Julio Teheran with a three-run home run in the second inning after two were out. The Yankees made it 7-0 in the third with four more two-out runs on two-run home runs by Headley and Drew.

Nathan Eovaldi, who has benefit from abundant run support all season, was fine through five innings but gave up three straight hits at the start of the sixth. All three runners eventually scored as the Braves cut the deficit to 8-5.

The Yankees pulled away with a vengeance in a 27-minute top of the seventh as they sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine runs. A bases-loaded single by Alex Rodriguez pinch hitting got the first two runs in, and the line just kept moving on RBI hits by Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Greg Bird, Headley and Drew.

Three more runners crossed the plate in the eighth, one on a double by Branden Pinder, the first extra-base hit by a Yankees pitcher in six years. The Yankees finished with 21 hits with each spot in the batting order getting at least one hit and one run. At the top of the order Ellsbury and Gardner batted seven times apiece in a nine-inning game.

All those runs helped push Eovaldi’s record to 14-2, the best winning percentage (.875) for a starting pitcher this season. The righthander extended his unbeaten streak to 13 starts over which he is 9-0 with a 3.32 ERA in 78 2/3 innings.

McCann had a splendid homecoming to his former stomping grounds in batting .300 with one double, one home run and six RBI in 10 at-bats in the series. He walked five times and scored five runs. Didi Gregorius also had a big series by going 7-for-12 (.533) with a double, a homer and seven RBI.

So after dropping two of three games to Houston at Yankee Stadium in which they batted .165 with two extra-base hits and four runs (1.3 per game), the Yankees bashed away at a .365 clip with 19 extra-base hits and 38 runs (12.7 per game) against the Braves.

That is what playing in Atlanta can do for them.

The Yankees’ .857 all-time winning percentage at Turner Field based on a 12-2 record is their highest at any ballpark in club history (minimum two games played). They have an eight-game winning streak dating back to June 24, 2009 at the Ted, which is in its 19th and final season as the home of the Braves, who will move to the suburbs next year. The only longer winning streak by an opponent is a nine-gamer by the Phillies from June 6 to Sept. 18, 2008.

The Yankees have won all five road series at Turner Field (3-0 this year, 3-0 in 2012, 2-1 in 2009, 2-1 in 2000 and 2-0 in 1998). They scored at least six runs in nine of their 14 games at the Ted.

Including postseason play, the Yankees’ all-time record in Atlanta is 17-2 (.895), featuring a perfect 5-0 in World Series play. In addition to those victories Torre promised the Boss in 1996 in the last three games played at old Fulton County Stadium, the Yanks won both World Series games at Turner Field in their four-game sweep in 1999.

After what the Yankees saw of Braves pitching over the weekend, they can be sure there will be no World Series in Atlanta this year.

Fan’s fall to his death shakes up players

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was actually asked by a reporter after Saturday night’s game, a 3-1 victory over the Braves, if the game should have continued after a man in the stands at Turner Field fell from the 401 level to the 220 level not far from where some family members of Yankees players were located.

The mother of Yankees catcher Brian McCann was at the game to watch her son play at Turner Field for the first time in two years and near the area when the man fell approximately 50 feet onto the concrete.

“My mom was right in the mix,” McCann said. “All our families are up there so you’re just praying for the best. It’s so unfortunate.”

By the time the question was posed to Girardi, who was diplomatic in his response, it had become known that the man had died. His fall occurred during the top of the seventh inning at the time Alex Rodriguez was announced as a pinch hitter for Luis Severino, the Yankees’ starting pitcher.

The man was later identified as Greg “Ace’ Murrey, 60, from suburban Alpharetta, Ga., and a Braves season ticket holder. A moment of silence to his memory was observed before Sunday’s game with players from both teams lined up respectfully in front of their dugouts.

With all due respect to the deceased, why should the game have been stopped? It was a terrible tragedy, no doubt, but the man was attended to quickly by medical personnel in the ballpark and hurried off by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Unfortunately, people get hurt in the stands pretty much on a daily basis in Major League Baseball what with foul balls zinging into the stands throughout the game. No ballgame would ever get completed if it was stopped every time a fan got hurt.

Obviously, this was far more serious that most injuries, but no one could know for sure at the time whether Murrey would survive the fall, so why criticize the teams for continuing play?

I recall covering a game at the old Yankees Stadium in the early 1990s when suddenly a body zoomed down in front of us in the pressbox from a deck above us. Bill Pennington of the New York Times was sitting next to me and said, “Did you just see what I saw?”

We leaned over the railing and saw a man in his early 20s bouncing on the protective screen that covered the seating area behind the plate. Without that, this guy would have been a goner, just like the man in Atlanta.

Major League Baseball is looking into the possibility of placing more protective screens in ballparks to help protect fans from baseballs hit into the stands. Saturday night’s incident at Atlanta was of a different sort, however. An investigation into Murrey’s fall is ongoing.

McCann & Yanks continue to burn Atlanta

The Brian McCann lovefest in Atlanta continued Saturday night as the Yankees won again, although this time without the fireworks their offense showed Friday night in a 15-4 bashing of the Braves.

The winning score for the Yankees was a much more modest 3-1, but once again McCann and Didi Gregorius supplied some firepower to match the superlative pitching of Luis Severino (2-2), Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller (28th save).

McCann, returning to his hometown and Turner Field where he was an All-Star catcher for the Braves before signing as a free agent with the Yankees last year, got his fifth RBI of the series with a double to right-center in the eighth inning that scored Chris Young, pinch running for Carlos Beltran, who had led off with a walk.

You would have thought McCann was still playing for the Braves the way so many fans in the sellout crowd of 49,243 reacted to his hit. Yankees fans seemed to be in every part of the stands.

That proved an important insurance run for Betances, who worked out of jams in the seventh and eighth innings as the Braves threatened to even the score. Atlanta got on the board in the seventh when Justin Wilson an ill-advised throw to first base by Gregorius for an error on a fielder’s choice.

Betances entered with two out and a runner on first base and got off to a shaky start by walking Cameron Maybin on four pitches. That brought up the dangerous Freddie Freeman, who hit a hard grounder up the middle that Betances gloved with a behind-the-back swipe and threw to first to end the inning.

After McCann’s hit made the score 3-1 in the eighth, the Braves put two runners on with singles in the bottom half, but Betances struck out Andrelton Simmons looking at a fastball on the inside corner, to which the shortstop objected demonstratively but was not ejected.

Miller made quick work of the Braves in the ninth by retiring the side in order with two strikeouts.

In a pairing of rookies, Severino got the better of Atlanta’s Matt Wisler, who gave up a run in the first inning on a wild pitch but held the Yankees down until the seventh when back-to-back doubles by Chase Headley and Gregorius gave the Yankees their second run. Gregorius’ two-bagger was their only hit in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position and his ninth RBI in the past three games.

Severino, who seems to get better with every start, pitched six innings and allowed only four hits with five strikeouts. He had some control issues with three walks but held the Braves hitless in three at-bats with runners in scoring position as they stranded six runners in his time on the mound.

The righthander has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his five starts and lowered his season ERA to 2.17. He has become a fixture in the rotation and has displayed composure unexpected of a 21-year-old.

Not all of the news in Atlanta has been positive, however. Mark Teixeira still experiences pain attempting to run and remains on the bench for an indefinite period. He is doubtful for Sunday’s series finale at the Ted and hopeful to return in Boston, the next stop on the trip.

Strange doings around pitchers’ at-bats

Considering this was a game in a National League park where the designated hitter rule is not in force, there were strange doings in the second inning Tuesday night at Atlanta’s Turner Field.

Let’s start with the Yankees, who may be forgiven since they are an American League team even though this was their third straight game at an NL venue. Nick Swisher was at first base with one out and Russell Martin at bat and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda on deck.

On a 3-2 pitch from Braves righthander Tim Hudson, Swisher went in motion, a maneuver that was questionable, particularly after Martin struck out and Swish was a dead duck at second in what became an inning-ending double play. Such a play is usually designed to protect against a double play grounder from a slow-afoot batter, but just the opposite occurred. Had Swisher not been running, Kuroda would have batted that inning rather than leading off the third, which he did by grounding out. NL managers usually try to avoid having a pitcher lead off an inning, and the Yankees’ Joe Girardi is no stranger to the NL. He was the league’s Manager of the Year with the Marlins in 2006.

The Braves also behaved oddly that inning surrounding their pitcher. With runners on first and second and one out, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, the 8-hole dropped a bunt. It was a safety squeeze because Jason Heyward, the runner at third base, did not break for the plate. All that did was load the bases for, you guessed it, the pitcher. Hudson may be considered one of the better hitting pitchers in the game, but he’s not Don Newcombe or Warren Spahn. Simmons essentially did the Yankees a favor by putting Hudson in a key RBI situation. Kuroda struck him out and then got Michael Bourn to ground out to second to end the threat.

NL games are considered to have more strategy involved because the pitcher has to hit, but the strategies in these cases were pretty bad.

ALS Association congratulates A-Rod

Dorine Gordon, president and chief executive officer of the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter congratulated Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for tying the 74-year-old record of 23 grand slam home runs by a major league player that was established by Lou Gehrig, who died of the disease in 1941.

“Rising to this record that has gone unmatched for nearly three-quarters of a century is an amazing feat,” Gordon said. “And for a fellow New York Yankee to now share this piece of history with the legend that is Lou Gehrig is extra special. We are proud to carry on the fight against the disease that bears Gehrig’s name and commend Alex on this outstanding accomplishment.”

Rodriguez tied the Gehrig mark in the eighth inning Tuesday night in the Yankees’ 6-4 victory over the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta off lefthander Jonny Venters. It was A-Rod’s 13th grand slam with the Yankees, which also tied Joe DiMaggio for the second-most in franchise history. Those are the most slams in the majors since 2004 when Rodriguez joined the Yankees.

As one of The ALS Association’s leading chapters, the Greater New York Chapter services New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and Northern & Central New Jersey an plays a major role in promoting the mission to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. The ALS Association is a member of the National Health Council.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord causing muscle weakness and atrophy, resulting in paralysis. Due to the degenerative nature of ALS, there can be significant costs for medical care, equipment, and home health care giving later in the disease.

Approximately 5,600 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS each year. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans may have the disease at any given time. ALS can strike anyone as it occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. Additionally, military veterans are twice more likely to develop ALS than civilians, regardless of branch of service or combat duty status. There is no known cause, no effective treatment and no cure.

Hot stretch has Yanks tied for first in AL East

Welcome back to first place, Yankees.

The Bombers’ 3-0 victory at Atlanta Monday night brought them into a tie for the top spot in the American League East with Tampa Bay. It was the first time the Yankees have been in first in 43 games since April 24. The Yankees have been a first-place team for seven days this year but only one (April 21) all by themselves.

Other such days may soon be in their future as the Yankees are on a roll. They have won four consecutive games, nine of 11 and 14 of 18. June has really been busting out all over for the Yankees, particularly their starting pitching. The rotation has done two complete turns this month, and in those 10 starts combined for a 7-1 record and 1.76 ERA with 16 walks and 71 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings.

Perhaps the hottest of those hands has been Ivan Nova, who shut the Braves down for seven innings while allowing five hits, all singles, and one walk with six strikeouts. Nova also got his first major-league hit, a single in the second inning, and made a nifty defensive play in the third to turn a wicked line drive by rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons into a double play.

Nova, who has not lost a game on the road for more than a year, is on a four-game winning streak during which he has pitched to a 2.83 ERA and lowered his season ERA from 5.69 to 4.64. With an 8-2 record, Nova has taken over the staff lead in victories over CC Sabathia, who is 7-3 and will go for his eighth victory Tuesday night.

With Rafael Soriano unavailable because of a blistered finger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi mixed and matched with his bullpen and got two scoreless innings from an ensemble of Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, Cory Wade and Boone Logan.

Considering the wildness of Braves starter Randall Delgado (six walks and a wild pitch), the Yankees probably should have scored more than three runs, but they stranded 11 runners. Again, their problems with the bases loaded surfaced as they went 0-for-3 with the bags full and are now hitting .149 in 67 such at-bats this season.

The Yanks’ offense had some solid moments as well. They scored a two-out run in the first on a double by Alex Rodriguez and single by Robinson Cano. Raul Ibanez, who had never homered at Turner Field in 105 career at-bats, ended that drought with a drive to right in the second. The next inning, daring base running by Rodriguez fueled a rally that produced a run on a wild pitch that scored A-Rod.

The fielding gem of the night was a wall-climbing catch in right field by Nick Swisher, who robbed Brian McCann of a potential two-run home run in the seventh that would have made it a one-run game. The Braves never got that close again.

The only Yankees player who batted but failed to reach base was Sunday’s hero, Russell Martin, who was 0-for-4 Monday night. But as Girardi pointed out Sunday, it takes different people to contribute at different times.

The Yankees are a season-high 10 games over .500 and back where they belong, in first place.

Yanks dominant in inter-league play

Perhaps a dose of inter-league play is just what the Yankees need to shake this three-game losing streak. After all, the Yankees have the most victories and the highest winning percentage of any club since inter-league play began in 1997. Ironically, that first year was the worst for the Yanks in inter-league competition with a 5-10 mark, their only losing record.

The Reds stayed in New York after a two-game series at Citi Field and opened a three-game set Friday night against the Yankees. This is Cincinnati’s first visit to the current Yankee Stadium. The Reds are the 20th club to come to the new Stadium. The Yankees are 14-5 against clubs in their first games in the new digs.

This weekend’s series marks the first three of 18 inter-league games the Yankees will play this year. The other games are against the Mets June 8-10 at the Stadium and June 22-24 at Citi Field, the Braves June 11-13 at Atlanta’s Turner Field and June 18-20 at the Stadium and the Nationals June 15-17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The Yankees’ two series against Atlanta will mark the second time they are facing a National League opponent other than the Mets in a home-and-home series in the same year. The other time was also against the Braves in 1998, the same year that the Yankees began playing the Mets twice in the same season.

The Yankees were 13-5 (.722) in inter-league play in 2011 and have an overall record of 157-107 (.595) against NL teams in the regular season. Derek Jeter is the all-time inter-league leader in hits (326) and runs (185). Alex Rodriguez is the career inter-league leader in RBI (186) and is second in hits (293) and third in runs (173).

The Yankees and Reds are playing each other for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in inter-league play. The Yanks won two of three games last year at Great American Ball Park and are 4-5 overall in regular-season matchups. Cincinnati won two of three games in 2003 at Great American and 2008 at the old Yankee Stadium.

The two clubs have met three times in the World Series – 1939, 1961 and 1976. The Yanks won a four-game sweep over Cincinnati in 1939 and lost a four-game sweep to the Reds in 1976. The ’61 Series was won by the Yankees in five games. The ’76 Series was one of only two sustained by the Yankees. The other was in 1963 to the Dodgers. The ’39 Series was one of eight sweeps by the Yankees. The others were in 1927 over the Pirates, 1928 over the Cardinals, 1932 and 1938 over the Cubs, 1950 over the Phillies, 1998 over the Padres and 1999 over the Braves.

2012 preliminary schedule announced

There is still plenty of baseball left in 2011, two more weeks of the regular season and then a month of postseason games. Yet already the 2012 preliminary schedule has been released. A quick look shows that it may not be as arduous for the Yankees as 2011 has been. For one thing, they won’t have a month like this August when they had only nine scheduled games at home.

The 2012 Major League Baseball schedule will get under way April 4, a Wednesday, at the new home of the Florida Marlins, who will change their name to the Miami Marlins. The Cardinals will be the first opponent in the new Miami park that will have a retractable roof and a seating capacity of 37,000.

The Yankees will get started two days later, Friday, April 6, with a short ride across the Howard Frankland Bridge from George Steinbrenner Field, their spring training base in Tampa, to St. Petersburg and Tropicana Field, the home field of the Rays. The Yankees will play three-game series in St. Pete and Baltimore before opening the home schedule Friday, April 13, against the Angels at Yankee Stadium.

The Yanks will have an early meeting with the Red Sox April 20-22 at Fenway Park, but they won’t face each other again until July 6-8, also at Boston, on the weekend before the All-Star Game, which will be July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The Red Sox don’t come to the Stadium until July 27-29. The rivals will oppose each other Aug. 17-19 at the Stadium, Sept. 11-13 at Fenway and in the final series of the season Oct. 1-3 at the Stadium, which will be the first time the Yankees will close out the regular at home since 2006.

Inter-league play begins with the May 18-20 series at home against the Reds, pairing the World Series opponents of 1939, 1961 and 1976. The Yankees also have a home-away series of six games against the Braves, who they faced in the World Series of 1957, 1958, 1996 and 1999. They will play June 11-13 at Turner Field in Atlanta and June 18-20 at the Stadium.

The annual Subway Series against the Mets, the Yankees’ World Series foes of 2000, will be June 8-10 in the Bronx and June 22-24 at Citi Field in Flushing. The Yanks’ other inter-league series will be June 15-17 at home against the Washington Nationals, the former Montreal Expos franchise that has never played in a World Series.

Commissioner comes to Jeter’s defense

PHOENIX – Derek Jeter’s name has been bandied about quit a quite a bit at the All-Star Game, and it has not always been flattering. Several team officials and a few players have commented that Jeter should have come here for the game even if he did not intend to play. The situation got to the point that commissioner Bud Selig felt it was necessary for him to nip it in the, well, bud.

The commish made his annual appearance at the Baseball Writers’ Association of America meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Sheraton Phoenix Hotel for a question-and-answer session with the writers and addressed the controversy surrounding Jeter, who decided not to come here so that he could use the time to rest his right calf to be ready for the second half.

“There isn’t a player than I’m more proud of in the last 15 years than Derek Jeter,” Selig said before taking questions. “He has played the game like it should be played. He is even a better human being off the field than he is a great player on the field. I know why Derek Jeter isn’t here, and I respect that. I think I would have made the same decision Derek Jeter did.

“He has brought to this sport great pride. He has been a role model. He has earned it, and he keeps earning it. Any suggestion that I or anybody else around here is unhappy with him not being here is false. I am proud of what he has done. I told him that Saturday when I spoke with him on the phone [after getting his 3,000th hit], and I have told him that quite often.”

Sitting at the front table while Selig spoke was the vice president of baseball operations, a fellow named Joe Torre, who was Jeter’s first manager with the Yankees, and nodded with approval at the commissioner’s every sentence.

I was glad to hear Bud go on the record about this matter because some of the talk the day before during the workouts was a bit nasty. More than one player suggested that Jeter was not grateful to the fans for voting him into the American League starting lineup when he didn’t really deserve it. For all we know, DJ’s choice not to play could have been one way to assure that the Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera got to start the game.

There is nothing new about players passing up the All-Star Game for health reasons. I have been around Derek Jeter for 16 years and know how much he enjoys going to the All-Star Game and all the festivities around it. He has always considered his Most Valuable Player Award from the 2000 game at Turner Field in Atlanta one of the top moments of his career (although not as much as his World Series MVP the same year in the Yankees’ triumph over the Mets).

Jeter just got over a three-week recovery period from a strained calf muscle. He is 37, not 27, and has been under a ton of pressure to get over the 3,000-hit hump at Yankee Stadium rather than disappoint his fans by reaching the milestone on the road. This was all pretty draining, so cut him some slack. DJ would rather sit out a game that doesn’t count in the standings than not be as close to 100 percent as possible in a Yankees regular-season game.

One player here told me one of the reasons some players were sniping at Jeter is because they wanted to get autographs themselves from the newest member of the 3,000 Hit Club. At All-Star Games, players are signing all kinds of things, from baseballs to pictures to gloves to bats, you name it. There are quite a few items that are signed by every player on a league roster, which are a lot more valuable if a player who just reached 3,000 career hits is on there.

An All-Star who summed up the situation best was White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who said, “I promise you his injury is not 100 percent. Nobody ever comes back from an injury in the middle of the season at 100 percent. It’s never gone. So he’s playing with it, I guarantee you that. It is one of those things where I understand people voted him in and wanted to see him, but if there is any guy in the game who bought a rain check for one of these, he’s the one. Let’s move on and not make such a big deal about it.”

And believe it or not, Yankees fans, another of the Captain’s major supporters was Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. “If he’s not here, there’s a good reason for it,” Big Papi said.

I wrote the other day that what Jeter and Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez were doing by not coming to the All-Star Game while nursing ailments was justified. As for coming out here just to wave to the fans, well, that would have been nice (except for A-Rod, who would have to leave a hospital bed), but what would be the point?

In an indirect way, Mo’s decision allowed AL manager Ron Washington of the Rangers to make an All-Star of David Robertson, which was fitting. A lot of the people who were criticizing Jeter had no explanation for why CC Sabathia was not an obvious choice for the AL staff based on his pitching in the first half. You can’t have it both ways, guys.

No Jeter in Subway Series

Derek Jeter in the Subway Series?

Forget about it.

The Captain is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but he won’t be returning to the Yankees on schedule. Jeter is making progress while on injury rehabilitation in Tampa, Fla., but the Yankees want him to play in minor league games – at least two, probably – before he returns to the club, so he will not play in the three-game series against the Mets at Citi Field that starts Friday night.

Jeter has been taking batting and fielding practice and running the bases in the Tampa workouts while recovering from a strained right calf that landed him on the DL June 14. If all continues to go well, Jeter could be back with the Yankees by July 4, which is Monday when they begin a three-game series at Cleveland, or the club may decide to wait until they return from the road and play a four-game set at Yankee Stadium against the Rays leading up to the All-Star break.

But the Subway Series is out, which is tough news for Jeter because he has always seemed to be at his competing against the Mets.

A .323 career hitter in inter-league play with a record total of 326 hits, Jeter is off the charts vs. the Mets with a .381 batting average, a .435 on-base percentage and a .575 slugging percentage in 320 at-bats. DJ has totaled 19 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs and 43 RBI and is 18-for-19 in stolen bases against his Queens neighbors.

And that is just in the regular season. Remember, in the 2000 World Series, the only postseason matchup of the New York teams, Jeter batted .409 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 2 RBI and was selected the Most Valuable Player, becoming the first player to win MVP honors in the same season in both the World Series and the All-Star Game, which he won at Turner Field in Atlanta.

In the first Subway Series this year at the Stadium May 20-22 when the Yankees won two of three games, Jeter hit .417 with 3 runs, 2 RBI, 1 stolen base and one walk in 12 at-bats. He has found success crossing over the Triboro Bridge over the years as well. DJ was 5-for-16 (.313) with 2 doubles and 2 RBI the past two seasons at Citi Field. In 34 games over 12 seasons at old Shea Stadium, Jeter batted .321 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 18 RBI in 137 at-bats. In the 2000 World Series, Jeet had 5-for-13 (.385) with 1 double, 2 homers and 2 RBI at Shea.

It would have been somewhat ironic if Jeter had gotten to 3,000 hits in the home of the Mets. It definitely won’t happen there now.

Another Yankees player currently on the DL who may get back in harness this weekend will be Bartolo Colon, who just may start Saturday’s 4:10 p.m. game. Colon threw a 60-pitch simulated game Monday in Tampa and showed no signs of problems with his strained left hamstring. Phil Hughes, disabled for two months with right elbow inflammation, had a strong outing for Double A Trenton (6 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts) averaging 92-94 mph on his fastball and may make a start for Triple A Scranton Monday.

You can mark your calendars for a couple of starting times that had been marked TBD (to be determined) on original schedules. ESPN has selected the Yankees-Red Sox game Aug. 7 at Fenway Park for a Sunday Night Baseball cablecast that will start at 8:10 p.m. The Aug. 14 game between the Yankees and Rays at the Stadium will begin at 1:05p.m. on the YES Network.