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Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Mark Connor and Jim Crane

It's raining lightly here at the Stadium, but a look at the forecast indicates that we should be all right for tonight's game.

--As expected, the Yankees placed Derek Jeter on the 15-day disabled list. This ultimately wasn't a very difficult decision for the Yankees, but they waited, out of respect for Jeter, until Jeter saw the team doctor. 

Jeter pushed for the team to go a man short for about a week, in the hopes that he wouldn't need the full 15 days to recover. But that argument carried a lot more heft 10 years ago, or even two years ago, when Jeter was a better player. Right now, it doesn't make sense to go a man short just to get Jeter back quicker.

This will be the gist of my column for tomorrow's Newsday, but please, folks, I'm begging you: Don't tell the competition.

--Funny item from Neil Best about how the Jeter ticket market has crashed. The soonest Jeter could return, if he spent the minimum 15 days on the disabled list, is June 29, a home game against Milwaukee. He'd have two home games to get six hits - in order to reach 3,000, of course- before the Yankees hit the road for...Citi Field, a holiday weekend series against the Mets.

--Phil Hughes offered an encouraging outing, with good velocity, in a simulated game down in Tampa.

--Adrian Gonzalez overtook Mark Teixeira in the All-Star Game balloting for the American League first-base job. 

--Orioles pitching coach Mark Connor resigned, a surprise because Connor has been so close with Baltimore manager Buck Showalter. The two men have worked together with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers and now the Orioles. The 62-year-old Connor, according to a friend, felt that he simply didn't have the energy to keep going. It took a hard sell from Showalter this past winter for Connor to return. Rick Adair will take over the responsibilities.

--In other pitching coach news, the Astros fired Brad Arnsberg, who is very respected and an A.J. Burnett favorite, and replaced him (on an interim basis) with Doug Brocail.

--Good piece by Maury Brown for Forbes on Jim Crane, the prospective Astros owner.

--Have a great night.

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