Derek Jeter singles, now 4-for-4

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Needing a triple to complete his first career cycle, Derek Jeter let down several hundred hospitalized young cancer patients by mustering only a single in his fourth at-bat Saturday against the Rays.

Jeter singled in his first at-bat to lead off the bottom of the first, homered in the third inning for his 3,000th career hit, doubled in the fifth and then singled again in the sixth.

He will get at least one more at-bat, and even if he doesn’t get the cycle, he could go 5-for-5 for just the second time in his career.  He went 5-for-5 with a homer in a 7-3 win over the Red Sox on May 23, 2001.  His also went 5-for-6 in a 20-11 win over the Rays on June 21, 2005.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.