LEADING OFF: Jeter's day at Yankee Stadium, and Mother's Day

"Our situation worked out for both teams", he said about the Yankees decision to go with Sanchez, in this case the younger player who fell short of AL rookie honors last season. "She's molded me into the person that I am today", said Judge. Adored uniformly by Yankees fans. The 23-year-old has just two innings of relief in his career against Houston.

It is why there will never be a celebration quite like this again, at the Stadium or anywhere else.

Tickets to watch the New York Yankees retire Derek Jeter's jersey number Sunday are in high demand on the secondary market, making it the best-selling game of the Major League Baseball season.

Sticking to the emotional script written across the long, glorious expanse of his Yankee career, Jeter managed to deflect the deeper side of his emotional soul, maintaining the singular brand of cool that came to define his pinstriped life, going for humor when tears threatened to move in, hitting just the right note in his on-field speech to the sold-out stands. First baseman and former middle infielder Yuli Gurriel, a Cuban defector, still cherishes his selection to the same all-tournament team as Jeter at the end of the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic. "I was happy with mine". I certainly appreciate his greatness and status as an all-time great player and Yankee, but I was always partial to Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.

Jeter, who played his final season in 2014 after a 20-year career in NY, became the 22nd player in franchise history to have his number retired.

Meanwhile, over at Beer Boys in Wilkes-Barre, Adam Lefkandinos, of Tom's River, N.J., had similar things to say in regards to the retirement of Jeter's number. Diaz went on to give up two runs before being replaced Ken Giles. His line could have been worse, but Chad Green got Alex Bregman to bounce into a double play. He never got into trouble. Eventually nothing is next because you're retired, but we all had those same mindsets and that's why I think we had success.

Houston took a 6-4 lead in the seventh against Adam Warren (1-0), but NY came right back in the bottom half when Holliday hit a run-scoring infield single against Will Harris (1-1) and Castro tied it with an opposite-field double to right off Devenski.

"But the way that the fans reacted and the relationship that I had with them for 20 years, it felt as though it was a playoff-type atmosphere".

"If you ever needed a big hit, especially in the post-season, those were hard at-bats, big at-bats", Pettitte told reporters.

"Good to get a win in a game like that", said McCann who nailed a second pitch 84-mile changeup off Yankees rookie Jordan Montgomery.

"I was speechless", Reddick recalled this week. Jeter led the Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the Indians.

“Everything happened so quickly, ” Jeter said. "He went about his business the right away and he was a victor". He would fall to the sixth pick in the 1992 draft. He also made 14 All-Star teams and won five World Series championships.

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