New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season. Jeter posted a long letter on his Facebook account Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his last year of playing professional baseball.
The 39-year-old Yankees captain missed much of last season because of injuries. While it was no secret the team captain was getting close to the end of his brilliant career, his announcement caught many by surprise.
The Yankees will need a new captain: shortstop Derek Jeter, who played in the minor leagues in Albany, has announced the upcoming season will be his last. He turns 40 this season. The 13-time All-Star has won five World Series with the Bronx Bombers.
In baseball, just two games separate five teams vying for the final American League wild-card berth.
Tampa Bay's lead continued to shrink with a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. Mike Carp had a pinch-hit grand slam in the 10th inning. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Boston since Kevin Millar hit one at Milwaukee on June 7th, 2003.
The Yankees could have Alex Rodriguez in their lineup against Chicago tonight. Major League Baseball informed New York that Rodriguez will be suspended but can play while he appeals the penalty. The Yanks were not told the exact length of the suspension, but were left under the impression it will be through the 2014 season.
It is unclear whether shortstop Derek Jeter can return to the lineup. An MRI revealed a mild strain of his right calf.
In baseball news, Derek Jeter homered on the first pitch he saw to give the Yankees a jolt in his return from the disabled list and Alfonso Soriano made the captain a winner with a game-ending single that lifted New York over Tampa Bay 6-5 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Red Sox are back atop the American League East after winning the rubber match of their three-game series in Baltimore. Jon Lester picked up his 10th win by allowing four hits over seven innings of their 5-0 shutout of the Orioles.
In baseball news, Derek Jeter was back, and the Yankees felt a lot better.
The Yankees captain singled on his first pitch of the season, scored a run and went 1 for 4 with an RBI groundout in his return from a nine-month layoff to help New York beat Kansas City 8-4 Thursday. He left for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
In baseball news, Boston's David Ortiz has passed Harold Baines to become Major League Baseball's career leader in hits by a designated hitter. Ortiz collected his 1,689th hit in his first at-bat and also homered in the Red Sox' 11-4 rout of Seattle.
The Yankees ended their three-game slide. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, Lyle Overbay added a grand slam and the Yankees snapped out of their offensive funk with an 8-1 victory over the Royals. Fox Sports is reporting Derek Jeter will make his season debut today with the Yankees as they host Kansas City.
James Madison is celebrating its first NCAA tournament win in 30 years in a 68-55 win over LIU-Brooklyn in the First Four. The Dukes will face top-seed Indiana in the second round. La Salle beat Boise State 80-71. The 13th-seeded Explorers play fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday. Montana faces Syracuse in San Jose at 9:57 p.m. and Harvard takes on New Mexico in Salt Lake City at 9:50 p.m.
Elsewhere in college hoops, President Obama is picking Indiana to win. He predicts Louisville, Ohio State and Florida will round out the Final Four.