Derek Jeter’s retirement gifts from the Indians: A LEGO mosaic and a pinstriped electric guitar

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Derek Jeter’s farewell tour continued this evening at Progressive Field in Cleveland and the Yankee captain walked away with some pretty cool gifts.

Jeter’s former teammates, Jason Giambi and Nick Swisher, Indians manager Terry Francona and team president Mark Shapiro were on hand for the occasion. Jeter was presented with a LEGO mosaic of his first career home run as well as a pinstriped Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, a fitting gift with Cleveland as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check it out below.

Wayne Peltz, the visiting clubhouse manager for the Indians, is the man behind the LEGO mosaic. He’s pretty well known for his work and has sold a number of pieces to players. You can check it out the Jeter mosaic in more detail below.

Great work. Sure, the whole farewell tour thing can get a bit tiresome, but Cleveland brought their A-game here. Well done.

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.

Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.

Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.