TAMPA, Fla. - The tributes for Derek Jeter haven't let up since the shortstop announced last month his intent to retire.
Tuesday it was David Ortiz of the rival Red Sox, who said watching Jeter play gives him "goose bumps."
"If there's one guy that the baseball game is gonna miss once he's retired, it's Derek," Ortiz said on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio. "Derek is very professional, that's a guy that is all about the game, all about the business. He is one of the baseball players that I can tell you that pretty much his whole career has done everything perfectly right. And when I watch him play I get goose bumps."
"You know what I'm saying? That's one of the players that everybody wants to come and see."
Jeter is off to a slow start this spring, 0-for-9 after four games, including Tuesday night's 0-for-2 against the Orioles as the DH.
Lucky moment for Ryan
Jeter's backup, Brendan Ryan, had his glove knocked off by a smoked liner by Russ Canzler during batting practice Tuesday. The ball caught the fleshy part of the shortstop's left palm.
"It's sore but OK," said Ryan, who started Tuesday at short. "That was pretty scary."
RHP David Phelps, in competition for the fifth starter spot but virtually assured a relief role if he comes up short, escaped two-on, none-out jams in the first and second innings but was touched for a run in the third. He allowed five hits and a run in 22/3 innings. LHP Matt Thornton, making his spring appearance, relieved Phelps and retired the only batter he faced.
INF/OF Yangervis Solarte, a non-roster invitee signed to a minor league deal Jan. 16, continued his bid to earn a reserve spot, going 1-for-2 with an RBI. The 26-year-old righthanded hitter had entered 6-for-7 this spring with five RBIs . . . Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez is back with the Yankees, signing on as a minor-league spring training pitching instructor. Hernandez, who went 8-1 in postseason games for the Bombers from 1998-2000, said he will be at the club's minor league complex the next few weeks, according to the Associated Press.