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Jeter's welcome to the core for A-Rod?

Derek Jeter hugs Alex Rodriguez after he hit

Derek Jeter hugs Alex Rodriguez after he hit his 600th home run at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 4, 2010) Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

They say Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth rarely spoke to each other and the modern version of that casted Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as friends-turned-enemies. That came after A-Rod popped off (before he became a Yankee) about Jeter not being so great, but having great players around him. It was compared to Reggie Jackson's ``straw that stirs the drink'' remark that Thurman Munson never forgot.

But there seems to be quite a warming trend in the Jeter-A-Rod saga. Jeter was on base when A-Rod hit his 600th home run and the captain's elated reaction to his teammate's feat seemed genuine. The TV camera often catches the two in the dugout talking and grinning. If they aren't quite friends, they seem the closest thing to it. And Jeter spoke with A-Rod on Tuesday evening, which may have relieved some pressure for Rodriguez' elongated march to 600.

The next tip will be if A-Rod is at Jeter's wedding, which is said to be slated for November. A-Rod may never become a beloved Yankee, but he'd gladly settle for Jeter's endorsement.

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