Derek Jeter to resume baseball activities this week

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Joe Girardi told the sporting press yesterday that Derek Jeter — who stands six hits shy of 3,000 —  is expected to resume baseball activities this week and is hopeful that he can return from the disabled as soon as he’s eligible on June 29.

Jeter’s strained right calf is the kind of thing that can be nagging, but it sounds like he’s rebounding nicely from his injury.  Which, despite his year-long struggles, should be good news for Yankees fans who are likely having trouble getting their minds around an energy-filled yet error-prone Eduardo Nunez after so many years of steadiness from Jeter. A steadiness that masked poor range and stuff, but which didn’t allow for much in the way of mental errors on Jeter’s part and at least kept everyone’s blood pressure lower.

When we talk about underrated/overrated when it comes to Jeter, that quality is probably significantly underrated.

Red Sox beat Yankees 11-6 to clinch AL East for third consecutive season

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The Red Sox have clinched the AL East for a third consecutive season, beating the Yankees 11-6 in the Bronx on Thursday night. It’s the third consecutive season in which the Red Sox have won the division, the first time that’s ever been done in club history. In fact, the only other times the Red Sox won the division in back-to-back years were 1903-04 and 1915-16.

AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with a two-run single in the second inning off of Masahiro Tanaka and a three-run homer in the eighth against Aroldis Chapman to put the game out of reach. Jackie Bradley and Brock Holt also hit homers. Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez was on the hook for five runs in 3 2/3 innings, but three of them scored when Heath Hembree inherited a bases-loaded situation, then served up a grand slam to Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth. The rest of the bullpen combined to fire five scoreless innings. Steven Wright had three of them followed by zeroes from Ryan Brasier and Craig Kimbrel.

With the loss, the Yankees’ lead over the Athletics for the first Wild Card slot shrinks to 1.5 games. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will try to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 104-49 record, their closest competitor is the 95-57 Astros. With nine games remaining in the regular season for the Red Sox, they would have to lose every game remaining in the regular season and the Astros would have to win their 10 remaining games in order to fail to claim home field advantage.