Scratched Saturday, Jeter is back in the lineup on Sunday

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Veteran shortstop Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup Saturday due to a bruised right heel that he suffered while lunging for a base on Friday night.  The Yanks insisted that the injury was minor at the time, and now we have proof.

Jeter is back in the Bombers’ starting lineup on Sunday, according to The Journal News, batting leadoff and playing shortstop as the Yankees wrap up an interleague series with the Mets.

The 35-year-old is batting .280 this season with a .334 on-base percentage, eight home runs and 34 RBI in 289 at-bats.  Those are far from Jeter-like numbers, but he does have a 990 OPS with runners in scoring position.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.