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Derek Jeter hears cheers from fans at Wrigley Field with each 'final' at-bat

The Yankees' Derek Jeter reacts to striking out

The Yankees' Derek Jeter reacts to striking out during the third inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, May 21, 2014. Credit: AP / Paul Beaty

CHICAGO - After Derek Jeter lined to right for the second out of the eighth inning Wednesday, the Wrigley Field crowd stood and gave the shortstop a prolonged ovation.

They assumed, with the Yankees trailing by two runs, that they had just seen the last at-bat of Jeter's career in this historical ballpark.

But in what turned out to be a 4-2, 13-inning Yankees victory, Jeter had three more at-bats, getting "farewell" cheers after each one. "I kept thinking it was going to be my last [at-bats], too," Jeter said, smiling, "but it just kept going on and on."

The longest sustained cheers Jeter (1-for-7) received were after his at-bat in the eighth as fans clamored for a curtain call. But with his team trailing 2-0, there was no chance Jeter would emerge from the dugout.

"The first time we were losing 2-0 in the eighth inning, [the] game's not over with," he said. "And then it was tied. As much as I'd like to, I can't do it."

Setback for Kelley

RHP Shawn Kelley, on the DL since May 7 with a strained lumbar spine, played catch Monday but "woke up Tuesday stiff," Joe Girardi said. Before the setback Kelley was to pitch in a rehab game Saturday. Now, Girardi said, that plan "is on hold."

Kelley underwent more tests but they did not show any additional damage.

"He's just having some muscular issues back there," Girardi said. "There's no disc problems, at least from the MRIs."

Big day for Daley

Righthander Matt Daley, a Garden City High graduate, came on with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth and pitched a perfect inning, striking out two. He walked two in the 10th sandwiched around a pop out, then struck out a batter before being replaced by Matt Thornton.

"That's what you want to pitch in," Daley said. "You want to pitch in these high-leverage situations in games that matter."

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