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Pitching matchups in Boston

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Tonight
LHP Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.67)
vs.
RHP Steven Wright (0-0, 3.38)
7:10 p.m., MY9

Saturday
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 2.47)
vs.
RHP Joe Kelly (3-2, 4.00)
1:05 p.m., FOX

Sunday
RHP Michael Pineda (4-5, 1.93)
vs.
RHP Clay Buchholz (8-10, 5.31)
1:35 p.m., YES Network and TBS

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More from last night: Video from Jeter’s final home game

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Big thanks to Vincent Mercogliano for putting together some video of last night’s incredible home finale.

 
 

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Derek Jeter’s home finale: Images from last night

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Postgame notes: “I really thought I was going to break down”

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Everything about the hit and the moment and the celebration spoke for itself. It was visible. It was tangible. It was perhaps the most memorable thing I’ve ever seen at a baseball game. I didn’t see The Dive or The Flip, but I saw No. 3,000, and this was more incredible.

It was Derek Jeter hitting a walk-off single — first pitch, opposite field, of course — in his final Yankee Stadium at-bat. A moment like that didn’t need much more context. We all understood what it meant.

So of all the things that were said postgame, this is what stood out to me:

“There were a couple of times I almost lost it,” Jeter said. “First inning I was saying, please don’t hit it to me. The last inning I almost lost it. Same thing. I don’t know how many times in my career I’ve said, please don’t hit it to me, but that’s what was going on in my mind. I really thought I was going to break down.”

Orioles Yankees BaseballJeter’s hard to read. He likes it that way. He intends it to be that way. But as we saw him exhaling heavily throughout this game, especially when the fans would chant his name, it seemed as if the emotion of the moment was finally getting to him. And it was refreshing to find out that was the case.

“I almost started crying driving here today,” Jeter said. “I was by myself, so I could have lost it and no one would have seen it. My teammates presented me with something before the game. I almost lost it and I had to turn around. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of controlling my emotions throughout the course of my career. I have them, I try to hide them, I try to trick myself and convince myself that I’m not feeling those particular emotions whether it’s nerves, whether I’m injured; pain. I just try to trick myself that I don’t have it.

“Today, I wasn’t able to do it. It’s been getting more and more difficult these last few weeks, but today I wasn’t able to do it. I don’t know if the cameras were on me close, but there were a couple times I almost broke down. I was almost thinking to myself, ‘Joe, get me out of here before I do something to cost us this game.’ It’s funny how things change, I guess.”

It was going to be a fitting farewell even before the ninth inning. Jeter had nearly homered in his first at-bat. He’d started a tough double play to end the third inning. He’d driven in the go-ahead run with a broken-bat grounder in the seventh. He had the game-winning RBI locked up, but then Dave Robertson allowed a pair of ninth inning homers, and suddenly everything was in doubt.

“What can you say? It created another Derek Jeter moment,” Robertson said. “As much as I wished I wouldn’t have created it, I’m glad it happened.”

When Jose Pirela singled and Antoan Richardson came off the bench to pinch run, Girardi had plenty of options. He chose to set the stage.

“You can try to steal a base,” Girardi said. “But I said, I’m going to give (Jeter) the opportunity. He’s come through so many times in his career, I’m going to give him the opportunity to get this done. So I bunted (the runner) over, I shut Antoan down when he got to second base, and I said, ‘Go do your thing.’”

Has there ever been a more quintessential Jeter hit?

The celebration was pure emotion. It was incredible with Jeter’s current teammates temporarily hiding the fact his former teammates had walked onto the field. Jeter hugged them all. But as the celebration faded, Jeter walked alone to his familiar shortstop position in the Yankees infield. He crouched down at the edge of the outfield grass and said a prayer, just like he always does before every game when the national anthem ends.

“I basically just said thank you,” Jeter said. “Because this is all I’ve ever wanted to do and not too many people get an opportunity to do it. It was above and beyond anything I’d ever dreamt of. I mean, I don’t even know what to say. I’ve lived a dream. This is (my dream) since I was 4 or 5 years old, and part of that dream is over now.”

Turns out, Girardi was lying when he said he didn’t have a plan for Jeter’s final moments here at Yankee Stadium. He had a script alright, and it was pure Hollywood with an actual cast and a final scene meant to usher Jeter into retirement.

What Jeter came up with instead was pure fairy tale.

“I knew the whole time (what the plan would be),” Girardi said. “But I didn’t want to let on that we had something scripted, because I didn’t want him to know anything. What was supposed to happen was we were going to make him walk around the whole field. And then when he got to the left field corner, that group was going to walk out — the Posada’s, the Torre’s, the Mo’s. They were going to wait for him at home plate, let him walk off into the tunnel, basically saying, it’s time to join us. But this worked better.”

Orioles Yankees Baseball• Jeter on his decision not to play shortstop this weekend: “I’ve played my last game at short. Today was my last game playing shortstop. I wanted to take something special from Yankee Stadium. And the view from shortstop here, tonight, is what I want to take from it. Out of respect for the Red Sox, their fans and the rivalry, I’m going to DH. I don’t know about tomorrow. I’m not sure. I will play, but I hope that people can respect my decision or that. I’ve only played shortstop for my entire career, and the last time I want to play it is tonight.”

• Jeter said it wasn’t until today that he came up with the decision about this weekend. “As of yesterday we were still in a playoff race,” he said. “Even though our chances were slim, we were still there. Today I decided that I want to take something special from Yankee Stadium and New York it would be playing short.”

• When did Jeter realize his former teammates were on the field? “Not for a while because I was hugging a lot of teammates,” Jeter said. “I saw Andy before the game. I knew Jorge was coming but I hadn’t seen him. So I didn’t know they were coming on the field. But it took a while because I was hugging all my teammates so it was pretty much towards the end.”

• Robertson on his ninth inning: “From pretty much the all-time low to all-time high. I think back to when Derek got his 3,000th hit, I came in in the eighth inning and gave up the lead and then he came up in the eighth inning and drove in a run to take the lead and [Mariano Rivera] closed it out. So jokingly, Mo slaps me on the back and says, ‘Hey, you’re the best setup man in the league, you set him up again.’ That’s what kind of guy he is. But it was a really hard outing to take at first and then, all in all, we won the game.”

• Might have noticed Robertson disappeared into the dugout as soon as the top of the ninth ended. “I just had to come down and unleash a little bit of anger and then come right back because I didn’t want it to get on camera,” Robertson said. “I didn’t know what to do after that. I just needed a few seconds.”

• Started out really badly, but Hiroki Kuroda wound up delivering an incredible start in what could be the final outing of his career. “I always tell myself that any outing can be my last outing,” Kuroda said. “Today was my last outing of the season so I was thinking about that.”

• Kuroda has a 3.44 career ERA in his three seasons with the Yankees. Among pitchers with at least 50 career starts with the team, that’s the lowest Yankees ERA since Ron Guidry had a 3.32 in 323 starts from 1975 to 1988.

• This was the seventh walk-off hit of Jeter’s career. It was his first since June 8, 2007. Also had one in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series, but you probably already knew that.

• Tonight was predictably the highest paid attendance of the year at Yankee Stadium: 48,613.

• Final word has to go to Jeter: “I know that there’s a lot of people that have much more talent than I do, throughout the course of my career, not just now. I can honestly say I don’t think anyone played harder. I don’t. Maybe just as hard, but I don’t think anyone had more of an effort. Every single day I went out there and tried to have respect for the game, play as hard as I possibly could. I did it here in New York, which I think is much more difficult to do. I’m happy for that.”

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Jeter to only DH at Fenway

Derek Jeter just announced that he will play in Boston, but he will only DH. He wants his final game at shortstop to be at Yankee Stadium.

“I’ve only played shortstop my entire career,” Jeter said. “And the last time I want to play it was tonight.”

Jeter said he made that decision today.

 
 

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Jeter’s final Yankee Stadium at-bat a walk-off winner

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Joe Girardi said he didn’t have a plan for Derek Jeter’s final moment at Yankee Stadium. He simply let Jeter write the script, and it was perfect.

Game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Jeter’s final home at-bat was a game-winner, a walk-off single to the opposite field – the quintessential Jeter hit – for a 6-5 Yankees win against the Orioles. It was the win that guaranteed the Yankees their 22nd consecutive winning season, and Jeter had the game-winning RBI. Asked on the field what he was thinking leading into that final at-bat, Jeter said simply: “Don’t cry.”

There were overwhelming ovations all night, beginning with a constant chant of Jeter’s name during pregame warmups. When the game ended, Jeter’s key teammates from the late-90s dynasty, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Tino Martinez came onto the field with former manager Joe Torre. Jeter was mobbed on the field, he hugged his former teammates, then he retreated to his familiar spot at shortstop. He crouched down on the edge of the outfield grass and said a prayer, just like he always does pregame when the national anthem ends. After speaking to television and radio broadcasters on the field, and addressing the crowd — all while both the Yankees and Orioles stood watching — Jeter walked through the infield waving to the crowd before meeting his family just in front of the Yankees dugout and disappearing into the clubhouse.

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Game 159: Yankees vs. Orioles

JETERYANKEES (81-77)
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Pirela DH

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-9, 3.77)
Kuroda vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (95-63)
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Caleb Joseph C

RHP Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.57)
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TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: It’s been better.

UMPIRES: HP Adam Hamari, 1B Brian O’Nora, 2B D.J. Reyburn, 3B Jeff Kellogg

MEANINGFUL GAMES: You might have heard that tonight marks the final home game for Derek Jeter. Prior to tonight, of the 2,744 career regular season games he has played in, there has been just one in which the Yankees had already been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention (a 19-8 Yankees win on September 26, 2008 at Boston). This will be his first time playing a meaningless game at home.

THE LAST STAND: Since the start of his final regular season homestand on September 18, Jeter is batting .345 (10-for-29) with four runs, three doubles, one home run and six RBI in seven games.

ON THIS DATE: Seems kind of fitting, it was on September 25, 1917 that former Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto was born in New York City.

UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: Jeter had to tip his cap during infield warmups because the Jeter chants were so loud.

UPDATE, 7:10 p.m.: Just as the Bleacher Creatures started chanting Jeter’s name for Roll Call, Nick Markakis went deep. Now De Aza has made it two homers in a row. Already the Orioles are up 2-0. Still no outs.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: That’s just unbelievable. Jeter’s first at-bat, he missed a home run by a matter of feet. He’ll take the RBI double.

UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.:  Apparently every Yankees player is going to use a song that Jeter has previously used as a walkup song. That’s pretty cool.

UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Jeter grounds to short in his second at-bat. This will not be another 5-for-5 day.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Replay was on Jeter’s side to end the top of the third, but the Yankees couldn’t score in the bottom of the third and so we’re still tied at 2. Also, this story from Steve Politi is cool.

UPDATE, 8:50 p.m.: Jeter goes down swinging in his third at-bat. Yankees haven’t had a hit since that Chris Young infield single in the first.

UPDATE, 9:29 p.m.: Game tied. Bases loaded. One out in the seventh. Here’s Jeter with a great chance to give the Yankees the lead.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Slow roller to short. Hardy made a bad throw and it will go down as a fielder’s choice with an E-6, but that’s still an RBI. Could easily be the game-winning RBI.

UPDATE, 10:13 p.m.: Oh my. Dave Robertson allows two homers in the ninth, including a two-out, game-tying shot by Steve Pearce. Jeter no longer credited with the game-winning RBI, but due up third here in the bottom of the inning.

 
 

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Pregame notes: “Let me play the game first”

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Derek Jeter showed up as his locker briefly. He disappeared through the back door of the clubhouse and returned a few minutes later. It wasn’t particularly unusual — pretty typical pregame back-and-forth, really — except this is his last game at Yankee Stadium, and so there was a playoff-sized packed of media gathered around his locker waiting for Jeter to say … anything, really.

“Afterwards,” Jeter said. “It’s tough for me to start getting emotional and sentimental before I’ve got to play. So let me play the game first. I’ll let you know how I felt about it afterwards.”

Jeter said he’s made no decisions about playing this weekend in Boston. Said he wasn’t sure how many tickets he’d left for friends and family. He said he was thinking mostly about the weather and hoping things would clear up long enough to get the game in.

“I think it’s going to be extremely special,” Joe Girardi said. “Something that obviously he’ll be able to carry with him the rest of his life. I think it’s going to be something that all of us will remember, that we were here tonight; similar to Mo’s last night. That we were at the Stadium the night he played his last game.”

As for a plan, Girardi said he was simply hoping something would occur to him in the moment. If he has a plot in mind — a mid-inning substitution or anything like that — he hasn’t revealed it just yet. But the game means nothing for the Yankees, so Girardi can basically handle Jeter’s final moments however he’d like.

“I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t had to play too many games like this in my career,” Jeter said. “But it is what it is. Our team was not good enough, so we’re out of playoff contention. It’s always difficult. You set your goals and you try to reach something and that goal was unattainable.”

That much Jeter knew when he got to the ballpark today. At some point tonight, the plan is for him find out what it’s like to play one last game at Yankee Stadium.

“My feelings are, I hope the rain stops,” Jeter said. “That’s basically it.”

Hiroki Kuroda• There’s a solid chance Jeter’s not the only one playing his final game at Yankee Stadium tonight. Hiroki Kuroda has the start, and it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll also retire at the end of this season. “No he has not (announced his plans),” Girardi said. “Obviously that’s something he’ll sit down after the season and make the decision. He’s not 29 either, so I’m not sure.”

• Might not be his last game at Yankee Stadium — seems he’ll probably play again next year — but this is almost certainly Ichiro Suzuki’s final game at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Yankees. I actually think it would be cool if Girardi pulled him from the game for a standing ovation at some point. Maybe take out Ichiro with two outs in the eighth and Jeter with two outs in the ninth?

• Thought the Yankees might use these meaningless games to give Bryan Mitchell one more start, but Larry Rothschild said it’s been so long since his last start, that it wouldn’t really be fair to ask Mitchell to try to start again tomorrow or Sunday. The plan is to stick with Capuano, Tanaka and Pineda for the three games in Boston.

• Girardi on the plans for Jeter this weekend: “I don’t have them yet. I’m waiting to meet with him. He’ll be in, I’m sure, fairly shortly. I talked to him (yesterday). Let’s meet today and decide. Tell me what you want to do. Then, when he does, I’ll let him share it. I probably won’t.”

• Here’s Jeter on what he was feeling during Mariano Rivera’s final game at Yankee Stadium: “I was proud of him. I was happy that I was here. It’s a little different because you don’t know the situation. Mo was getting a massage until 9:30, 9:45, then he goes out there. You have a pretty good idea of when he’s going to come in. I just wanted to be here for him. That’s pretty much it. I was happy for him, I was proud of him that his career was coming to an end. I was just happy to be here for him.”

• Girardi was asked whether he plans to keep anything from tonight’s game. “My lineup cards I keep all the time anyway,” he said. “That’s just what I do because I think it tells a story during the course of a season. Maybe I’ll keep one ball, but it’s the memories more than the mementos that I really want to hold onto. When I think about my time with Derek Jeter, the things he did as a young player, the things he did middle age and as an older player, just being around him. Remembering the 3,000th hit was really special. Those types of things. I remember celebrating in the clubhouse with him. Those are the things that I’m going to remember.”

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Jeter back at shortstop, batting second for final home game

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Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
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Girardi: “I think we’re going to be here a while”

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As you might expect, this is a pretty unusual day at Yankee Stadium. The amount of media reminds me of a playoff game. It’s now 4:30, and I still haven’t seen a Yankees lineup. The tarp is on the field, there’s no real chance of batting practice, yet everyone seems determined to get this game in eventually.

“I think we’re going to do everything in our power, and I think baseball will do everything in (it’s) power,” Joe Girardi said. “I would suggest you make some plans, because I think we’re going to be here a while.”

It’s rainy right now, it’s been rainy all day, and it could stay rainy through much of the night. Derek Jeter spoke only briefly while the clubhouse was open to reporters, and he really didn’t say much. Still no word on whether he plans to play this weekend, though I will be surprised if he decides not to.

 
 

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