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Derek Jeter will head to Tampa later in week for more work

Derek Jeter smiles during a game against the

Derek Jeter smiles during a game against the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington. (July 22, 2013) Credit: Getty

Derek Jeter is headed back to Tampa later this week in an effort to come back from the strained calf muscle that has him on the disabled list, manager Joe Girardi said Sunday. "He'll continue to increase his work here," Girardi said. "When we go on the road, I think he'll probably go back down to Tampa and resume baseball activities."

The Yankees open a series in Boston on Friday. Jeter has been around the team but has been limited to playing catch during batting practice.

Jeter has been out since Aug. 3. He has played in only five games this season.


Big hope

Dellin Betances was supposed to be a big Yankees starting pitcher. Now they are hoping he can become a big reliever.

The Yankees recalled the 6-8 righthander from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Betances, 25, has excelled since being moved to the bullpen. As a reliever, the Brooklyn native was 4-2 with a 1.48 ERA and four saves in 27 games for Scranton. He allowed 28 hits and 21 walks and struck out 63 in 482/3 innings. Control has been Betances' main problem in the past.

Betances pitched in two games for the Yankees in 2011. Infielder David Adams was sent to Triple-A to make room.


Extra bases

Alex Rodriguez's second-inning homer and third-inning RBI single gave him 1,952 RBIs as he passed Stan Musial for fifth place on the all-time list. The Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's official statistician, lists Musial as having 1,950 RBIs. Other unofficial sources, including, and Musial's Hall of Fame plaque, list him with 1,951.


Youk gotta believe?

Kevin Youkilis, who had back surgery June 20, still hopes to play this season. Even under the best-case scenario, he would be able to return only in mid-September.

With Dan Duggan

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