“Derek Jeter 3K” to air July 28th

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Remember that documentary HBO is doing about Derek Jeter’s pursuit of his 3000th hit, “Derek Jeter 3K?”  It’s a go.

It’s airing on July 28th at 9PM on HBO.  Smart scheduling, in that the Yankees are off that night. Sure, there are 12 other baseball games that hardcore fans would probably be better off watching, but it’s a free country.  If you’re curious, this is what you’re going to get for your hour’s worth:

For the first time ever, Jeter wore a microphone during two games including the one where he reached the 3,000 career hit milestone.  He also allowed MLB Productions camera crews to follow him on multiple occasions and in a variety of settings, including in his home and during rehabilitation from a calf injury.  “DEREK JETER 3K” also will feature exclusive interview footage with the Yankee captain which was recorded shortly after he became only the 28th player in MLB history to achieve the milestone.

Still mic’d up afterward, eh?  I wonder if he was caught on tape saying “Wow, you mean that dude is just going to give me the ball?  Hey, Woodhouse — tear up that $500K check we had ready, will ya?  Or, I don’t know, spend it on something I might like.  I don’t care.”

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.