I surrender: unleash your “Derek Jeter-is-a-Winner” Porn. Let us revel in it.

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Derek Jeter came back yesterday, hit a home run and took major part in the Yankees win. The crowd goes wild and the media goes wilder. Such is the way of the Jeter World.

I am usually the first person to mock overly-effusive examples of “Jeter-is-a-magical-winning-unicorn!” prose, the likes of which always comes out when Jeter does great things. The stuff which puts people like me in the uncomfortable position of having to say that an inner-circle Hall of Famer is overrated. Something which you’d think one would never have to do, but which comes up a lot with Jeter. His career is the kind which we’d think is beyond superlatives, but they keep coming up with increasingly crazy superlatives for him and it gets out of hand, often.

But I’m letting it go. At least for now, maybe forever. Biogenesis and Alex Rodriguez stuff is beyond depressing. Just an utter slog. The Yankees’ season, while certainly not over yet, has been depressing too.  But now Jeter is back and he did baseball stuff that made people happy yesterday. And people should revel in that until Hell won’t have it, because that’s what it’s all about.

Though it’s my job to offer my view on PED stuff and my view on that is well-known by now, as a fan I’d rather put up with the most eye-rollingly crazy Jeter stuff than the most cogent and hard-headed PED arguments. One is fun. The other is not. Business is business and pleasure is pleasure and baseball is still and always will be more about pleasure than it is about business for me.

All Hail Derek Jeter. None of the excessive things said about him are anywhere close to as troublesome as the purely factual things about drugs and suspensions all that noise said about anyone else.

Sean Manaea pitches first no-hitter of 2018

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Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.

Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.

Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.

Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.