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MLB notes: Yankees' Jeter ready to chase playoff spot

Published August 24, 2013 5:17 pm

MLB notes • N.Y. shortstop eager to chase playoff spot.
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Derek Jeter can now focus on what he said his one goal with the New York Yankees is every season: help the team get to the playoffs.

"That's what it is each and every year. Winning games is what I'm focused on right now," said Jeter, who went 1 for 3 with a single Saturday night in Moosic, Pa., in the final game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Jeter will have a day off Sunday after playing seven innings in the RailRiders' 2-0 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox at PNC Field before a crowd of 9,595.

On the disabled list since Aug. 5 because of a right calf strain, Jeter said he was told by the Yankees that he will rejoin them Monday in Toronto.

In three games with Scranton this week, Jeter went 3 for 9 with a walk, one RBI and two runs scored. He was at shortstop and batted second in all three games. He played seven innings the past two nights after playing five innings Thursday.

"I feel really good," Jeter said. "My body feels fine, I've felt good since I've been here."

Jeter, 39, has had the majority of his season robbed because of ankle, quadriceps and calf injuries. He's 4 for 19 with a home run with the Yankees.

After breaking his left ankle in the postseason last October, Jeter vowed to be ready by Opening Day, but that didn't happen. After breaking the same ankle during spring training, he tweaked a quad in his first game back last month. Then, despite not running at full speed, he strained his right calf and at that point referred to the season as a "nightmare."

Without the iconic shortstop, the Yankees (68-60) are 61/2 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox and four games behind Oakland, which currently owns the second wild-card berth.

Scioscia downplays reports of rift

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia disputed reports of a rift with general manager Jerry Dipoto over differences in opinion regarding moves by the organization. A report from FOXsports.com Friday stated that the Angels are expected to replace either Scioscia or Dipoto because of continuing "philosophical differences" between the two men.

Scioscia claimed Saturday such a rift doesn't exist.

"There's no philosophical differences," Scioscia said. "Jerry and I are certainly, as far as our baseball philopsophies, in line."

Scioscia said the only decision he's publicly had a problem with was the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher in May 2012. Beyond that, Scioscia said the rest is just normal disagreements regarding player evaluations that are common in any relationship between a manager and GM.

Twins' Mauer resting

All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is not going to be activated from the seven-day concussion list when the Minnesota Twins begin a homestand next week.

"The doctors advised him to lay low and rest right now," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Saturday.

Mauer was placed on the concussion list earlier this week after he became dizzy during his pregame routine.




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