<span class="vcard">Craig Calcaterra</span>

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Derek Jeter wore two uniforms last night

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Most of Darren Rovell’s tweets are either stealth ads from brands who use him to unwittingly shill for them, exercises in simple math or soullessly miss the point of everything. Sometimes, though, he points out something interesting:

I guess I get that. And at least it was done slickly enough to where no one noticed it. Not everyone who was trying to do something in the name of memorabilia was as slick.

The Brewers are considering moving Ryan Braun to first base

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Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday that he has spoken to general manager Doug Melvin about the possibility of Ryan Braun moving to first base”

“I think he’s a good defender in the outfield, learning a new position that he picked up pretty fast. I think he’ll continue to get better in right. We haven’t approached (Braun) about it. It’s just kind of what the needs are. We have (Gerardo) Parra here now and we need to figure out what to do with him for next year.”

The talks aren’t serious yet, but the fact is that the Brewers have four outfielders — Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, Gerardo Parra and Braun — and three of them are better than Braun. And, of course, Mark Reynolds is not a long-term solution at first base.

Braun, of course, would need to bounce back on offense in order to be worth his contract at first base. He has hit a poor-for-him .269/.323/.457 this year, with 19 homers and 81 RBI. That won’t cut it long-term in an outfield corner for a guy who makes what he makes, and certainly won’t play efficiently at first base.

Braun battled a serious hand injury all year. Milwaukee had better hope that was the problem. And not something else. Like, say, a big falloff by virtue of playing clean.

Rusney Castillo hit his first career homer last night

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It’s been a crappy year for the Red Sox, but it ends with at least a bit of a glimpse of what the future holds.

Rusney Castillo went 2 for 4 with a double and a three-run home run last night. The homer was the first of his major league career. It came off Steve Geltz and landed in the Green Monster seats. Watch:

Before that, Castillo had hit four singles in 25 plate appearances. Not that much of what he does this season matters — he just got here for cryin’ out loud — but it’s certainly good for him and everyone else that he’s getting his feet wet now so that, next year, he can start off without nerves and uncertainty and too much hype.

Travis d’Arnaud’s problem: his elbow

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Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud has been out of the Mets’ lineup for several days, and as Aaron noted the other day, the team was being cagey about it. Now we know:

Elbow issues are most serious for pitchers, but right after them come catchers.

d’Arnaud is to be examined by team doctors today. Here’s hoping it’s not anything that will interfere with his ability to get going when spring training kicks off in February.

The Tigers were glued to the TV after their game. But not to the Royals game.

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The Tigers won and then, in grand late September tradition, turned on the clubhouse TV to watch the end of another game. But not to see how their competition for the division title did. Rather, to watch Jeter:

The players were glued to Derek Jeter’s final at-bat and farewell moment at Yankee Stadium.

Joba Chamberlain, Jeter’s former teammate and close friend, was especially choked up by the moment — especially after Jeter put the storybook ending on it with a walk-off single . . . The players sat transfixed by the scene for a good 20 minutes as Jeter made his way around the field saying his goodbyes.

It’s among my more shallow thoughts, but I often think, when I see cool baseball stuff on TV, that it’s a shame that more baseball players can’t see it because they’re busy with their own games.