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No Jeter today and other Yankee doodles

TORONTO -- Quick update today from the sweltering Rogers Centre: Derek Jeter has the day off for the Yankees, his first since his 3,000th hit. A simple case of Joe Girardi giving him the day away from the unforgiving turf here before tonight's flight to St. Petersburg to start Monday's series at Tampa Bay.

No injury, no recurrence of any calf trouble. So unless he enters the game later, Jeter says stuck at 3,007, tied with Al Kaline. Eduardo Nunez is at short and Ramiro Pena at third for the still-rehabbing Alex Rodriguez.

Couple other crazy notes in the wake of yesterday's 4-1 Yankees win:

---The Bombers are an MLB-best 27-5 in day games. Of course, that means they're just 27-32 at night. Bizarre. 

---CC Sabathia's start Saturday was his final one as a 30-year-old and was his 171st career wins. According to Elias, the last eight pitchers with 170 before 31 are all in the Hall of Fame. The list includes: Bob Feller, Hal Newhouser, Robin Roberts, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Palmer and Catfish Hunter.

---Phil Hughes is on the mound today. He won 18 games last year. He has no wins this year. Joe Girardi said the Yankees will consider it like a trade acquisition if Hughes gets it going in the second half. I remain skeptical.

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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