Derek Jeter injures quadriceps in first game back from broken ankle

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Derek Jeter made his season debut this afternoon, returning to the Yankees’ lineup with an infield single in his first at-bat. Later, in his third at-bat, Jeter injured his right quadriceps muscle.

After the game both Jeter and manager Joe Girardi expressed optimism that it wasn’t a serious injury, but Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he is being sent for an MRI exam.

At the very least a tweaked quadriceps should keep Jeter at designated hitter for a while. He started at DH today, batting second in the lineup, while Eduardo Nunez manned shortstop.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.