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Jeter heads to Boston but won't play shortstop

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter acknowledges applause from fans

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter acknowledges applause from fans as he takes the field for a game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Credit: AP / Julie Jacobson

Derek Jeter's career isn't finished just yet, but he's through playing shortstop. That part of him will remain at Yankee Stadium.

For this weekend series at Fenway Park, Jeter intends to only DH, just as Newsday first reported before Thursday night's finale in the Bronx.

"I played my last game at shortstop," Jeter said after his walk-off single delivered the Yankees' 6-5 win over the Orioles. "I wanted to take something special from Yankee Stadium and the view from shortstop here tonight is what I want to take from it.

"Out of respect for the Red Sox, their fans and the rivalry, I'm going to DH. I don't know about [Friday night]. I'm not sure I will play. I hope people can respect my decision. I've only played shortstop my entire career and the last time I wanted to play was tonight."

His finale at the position wasn't flawless. Jeter committed a throwing error on Kelly Johnson's grounder in the second inning, but later started a pretty 6-4-3 double play in the third by ranging behind the bag and flipping to Stephen Drew.

After his game-winning single, and the mobbing by his teammates near first base, Jeter did a lap around the infield, tipping his cap and waving to the fans.

But when he got to shortstop, Jeter squatted down, almost like he was saying an emotional goodbye to the only position he played for two decades -- and a lofty 2,674 games.

That holds a special significance for Jeter, and with the Yankees eliminated from contention, he evidently wanted to leave that piece of him in the Bronx.

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