By Mike Harrington
Two big items this morning as we head into the final day prior to the All-Star break for both MLB and Triple-A:
---Remember when I wrote last Sunday that Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were not coming to Buffalo this weekend on rehab with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders? Well, it turned out I was right -- but only barely.
Jeter left Scranton late Wednesday, played Thursday for the Yankees but injured his quad and his now trying to stay off the DL again. A-Rod, meanwhile, apparently was told by the Yankees to be in Buffalo Saturday night but refused the assignment after citing pain in his legs. The New York Post initially reported on how A-Rod didn't show up for a Class A game Friday in Tampa after meeting with MLB investigators about Biogenesis. The Daily News said A-Rod may be working on a plea deal with MLB
Asked about turning down the trip to Buffalo, A-Rod told reporters in Tampa, "This is news to me."
The Tampa Yankees tweeted last night that A-Rod will be in their lineup today, so don't look for him at Coca-Cola Field this afternoon.
---The other big story came past 1 a.m., when Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum lived up to his nickname and threw a completely freaky no-hitter at Petco Park in San Diego. Lincecum struck out 13 and threw 148 pitches in the Giants' 9-0 win over the reeling Padres.
Here's MLB.com's look at all 27 outs from the no-no.
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