48° Good Morning
48° Good Morning

Derek Jeter, Hank's Yanks, Jonathan Papelbon, Carlos Beltran and Bryce Harper

Greetings from a beautiful night at Yankee Stadium. Should be a fun game, should be a fun series.

--Derek Jeter is starting at DH tonight, part of the Yankees' DH platoon, as Boston is starting left-hander Jon Lester. Joe Girardi admitted that, in starting Jeter at DH rather than, say, Alex Rodriguez, the manager had Jeter's quest for 3,000 hits in mind.

Everyone around the Yankees obviously wants Jeter to get his 14 hits within the next 10 games to reach the 3,000 mark. It'll be interesting to see how much Girardi pushes Jeter. What if there's a blowout loss and Girardi pulls the rest of his regulars? 

--We've written repeatedly about Hank's Yanks at Newsday, in part because the team - featuring underprivileged young men from the New York area, and funded by Hank Steinbrenner - plays many of its games at Baseball Heaven. Today was a big day for the team.

William Jerez, an outfielder, was selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the amateur draft. And third basman Matt Duran was the Yankees' fourth-round selection.

Duran is here at the game, and I spoke with him briefly. He said that he committed to Fordham last November, but he's clearly excited by the idea of playing for the Yankees. He'll sign.

Jerez, meanwhile, released a statement thanking Steinbrenner for his support.

And Hank? No, he isn't upset that the Red Sox drafted a kid he helped get better. At least, he says he isn't upset. Steinbrenner said, in a statement: ""This isn't about baseball. It's about giving a couple of kids from New York City a chance to fulfill their dreams."

--On the other side of the field here, Jonathan Papelbon received a three-game suspension for his actions in last Saturday's game against Oakland. Papelbon is appealing, so he'll be available tonight.

--Carlos Beltran is in the Mets' starting lineup tonight.

--Did you see that Nationals super-prospect Bryce Harper blew a kiss to an opposing pitcher after homering on Monday? I anticipate an apology coming on that one.

--Have a great day.

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