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Five ways for Yankees to improve roster without making a trade

Trenton Thunder infielder Rob Refsnyder poses during Media

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The Yankees enter the All-Star break within shouting distance of first place in a mediocre American League East.

Most analysts are in agreement the team needs improvements, but with a trade market that’s both thin and seemingly costly, here are several ways the Yankees can immediately upgrade their team for the stretch run – all without making a deal:

1. Institute a defensive platoon...

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Derek Jeter gets All-Star send-off from Fox

The American League's Derek Jeter warms up during

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Derek Jeter has received his fair share of retirement gifts during his farewell tour. Fox Sports has joined the party with this All-Star Game ad paying homage to the shortstop.

A recording of the legendary Bob Sheppard introducing Jeter plays over clips of him at different All-Star Games through the years.

Watch the video below:

(Mobile users can watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1qkvyfr.)...

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Yankees on Twitter: Vote Jeter or we're not friends

Derek Jeter of the Yankees is hit by

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A New York baseball team sent out an embarrassingly bad tweet.

And it wasn't the Mets.

The Yankees, trying to push Derek Jeter's All-Star candidacy in his final season, tweeted the following on Monday morning:

Text a friend "If you haven't voted Jeter yet, we aren't friends anymore. http://t.co/R0rXyRpL3v" #VoteJeter— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 23, 2014

It's bad enough...

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Mets shortstops performing better than Yankees shortstops

Mets shortstops are offensively outperforming the group fielded

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One club has a soon-to-be-retired, soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer manning shortstop. He's a perennial All-Star and five-time World Series champion with a plethora of awards and distinctions. We can all quote Derek Jeter's resume at this point.

The other team? A collection of players who have spent time shuttling between the minors and majors or have been teetering on the periphery of release (or...

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Derek Jeter's lagging slugging percentage

Derek Jeter strikes out in the first inning

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Ruben Tejada is in trouble.

Last season he spent time in the minors and lost his job to Omar Quintanilla. This season, Wilmer Flores, a defensive liability, was supposedly called up to take his starting spot...but then Flores got sick.

So how about this nugget: The much-maligned Tejada has a higher slugging percentage at cavernous Citi Field than Derek Jeter has at comfy Yankee Stadium...

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Now may be the time to doubt Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout during

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Not every player can go out on the top of their game, like Mariano Rivera did in 2013.

Derek Jeter is proving that lesson in 2014.

"Don't doubt Jeter!" is what history cautions. He's made a career of proving folks wrong. A 5-for-11 performance in Anaheim has given pause to many critics.

But it shouldn't.

Doubt Jeter because:

- His 18.3 percent strikeout rate is the...

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Derek Jeter held out for second straight game vs. Red Sox

Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia of the Yankees

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Derek Jeter will miss his second straight game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Joe Girardi decided to rest the 39-year-old Saturday with a regular day off, but Newsday's Anthony Rieber reported Sunday that Jeter is dealing with a tight right quadriceps. Rieber also reported Jeter could be used in an emergency Sunday.

The Yankees have their first day off of the season on Monday,...

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The Buck Showalter quotes on Derek Jeter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter walks back to the

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Buck Showalter manages the Baltimore Orioles now, but way back when Derek Jeter first came up to the majors in 1995, Showalter was his Yankees manager.

Here's some of what Showalter told reporters Monday as his Orioles were the visiting team to Yankee Stadium for Jeter's final home opener.

Did he envision a 20-year career for Jeter?

“That’s what I thought. If you go back and check...

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Derek Jeter passes Paul Molitor, moves into eighth place on all-time hits list

Derek Jeter, right, talks with Yankees first base

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Derek Jeter's making sure he goes out with a bang.

Jeter passed Paul Molitor to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list with a single to rightfield in the fourth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. It was his 3,320th hit of his career. Jeter tied Molitor earlier in the game with another single to right.

Watch Jeter's historic hit below:

Your...

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Derek Jeter's notable 'firsts'

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter waits for the ball

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In what will be a season of "lasts" for Derek Jeter, these are some of his notable "firsts":

Game: At Seattle, May 29, 1995, batted ninth, was 0-for-5 with a strikeout. Yankees lost, 8-7.

At-bat: Flied to short rightfield in third inning on an 0-and-2 pitch from Rafael Carmona.

Hit: The next night, May 30, 1995, fifth inning-single to leftfield off Tim Belcher.

Run: In that...

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