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Derek Jeter hits chop single, removed in fifth for pinch-hitter

Yankees captain Derek Jeter, in the lineup as

Yankees captain Derek Jeter, in the lineup as the DH, hits a chop up the middle for a single in the top of the third inning off Boston's Joe Kelly at Fenway Park on Sept. 27, 2014. It was career hit No. 3,464. Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

BOSTON - If he doesn't get a hit Sunday, the final hit of Derek Jeter's career will be a Baltimore chop in Boston.

Jeter, in the second of two at-bats Saturday, picked up career hit No. 3,464 with a high chopper to the left side of the infield in the third inning of the Yankees' 10-4 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini fielded the ball, but did not make a throw as Jeter steamed across first base.

Jeter appeared to be stretching as if he had injured himself after crossing first base. Manager Joe Girardi said he "probably felt it a little in his hamstrings. He didn't say he was injured."

Jeter, who otherwise declined to take questions from the media, was asked if he would play in Sunday's career finale.

"Yup," he said.

Jeter started the game as the designated hitter and was removed after two at-bats for pinch hitter Francisco Cervelli in the fifth inning. The sellout crowd of 37,147, which included many Yankees fans, booed when Cervelli was announced. "I'll take that bullet," Cervelli said.

Earlier, Jeter had gotten a standing ovation before and after his first at-bat against righthander Joe Kelly in the first inning. Jeter struck out on three pitches. When he came up in the third, the Yankees were trailing 9-0.

Jeter, who will be the designated hitter again Sunday, did not play on Friday after Thursday's emotional Yankee Stadium send-off. He is batting .256.

Girardi said Jeter decided he would only bat twice Saturday. On how many at-bats Jeter will get Sunday, Girardi said: "I'll leave it up to him. I'll text him in the morning, see what he wants to do."

The Red Sox will have a ceremony to honor Jeter before Sunday's 1:35 p.m. start. The Red Sox were criticized for last season's ceremony honoring Mariano Rivera, in which a video focused too largely on his failures against Boston in the 2004 American League Championship Series. It seemed to be more of what you would expect from a celebrity roast.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said on radio station WEEI on Thursday that the team is planning a "low-key" ceremony for Jeter.

"I don't think you'll see too many talking heads," Lucchino said. "But there will be plenty of gestures of respect for him. In terms of tangible gifts for him, we're not giving him a red convertible or something like that. What he cares most about these days is his Turn 2 Foundation. And we intend to make a sizable contribution to that, and to give a little piece of Fenway Park to take with him."

If he plays Sunday, Jeter will pass Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig as the Yankee to appear in the most regular-season and postseason games at Fenway Park. Jeter tied the two Yankees legends Saturday with his 152nd game there.

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