Derek Jeter turned on R.A. Dickey’s fastball, sent it deep into the left-field seats and circled the bases at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 14 months. With his usual flair, Jeter began his final homestand in dramatic fashion. Jeter’s solo homer gave the Yankees a two-run lead in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, a game the Yankees won when first baseman Adam Lind let Chase Headley’s ninth-inning grounder bounce through his legs for a game-ending error. We’re trying to win games, and I’m going to go out there and play hard like I’ve always done my entire career until we’re out of games.” Dickey stretched his scoreless streak against the Yankees to 19 innings before Stephen Drew’s RBI double in the fifth.

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While the retiring Paul Konerko is hoping to return from an injury this weekend, the Chicago White Sox’s current star first baseman, Jose Abreu, will continue his push toward AL Rookie of the Year honors.

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The Detroit Tigers expected David Price to bolster their postseason chances when they traded for the 2012 Cy Young Award winner this summer. After winning 11 games with Tampa Bay, though, he has a losing record as a Tigers starter and his latest setback further tightened the AL Central race. The left-hander gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings Wednesday night as the Minnesota Twins beat the Tigers 8-4 ahead of Detroit’s big weekend series in Kansas City. Price (14-12) fell to 3-4 since coming to the Tigers in a July 31 trade with the Rays.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter ended an 0-for-28 slump that was the second-worst of his career, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 Wednesday night.

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    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Tampa Bay Rays should stop pitching inside if they’re going to keep hitting his players. Rays manager Joe Maddon says thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Oh, and we’re not really sorry, either. Girardi got his Italian Irish up Tuesday night after Yankees captain Derek Jeter was hit on the left hand by Steve Geltz on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning. Umpire Rob Drake warned both teams, which brought out Maddon and Girardi — who didn’t like being warned when his team hadn’t done anything. Girardi even yelled the Rays’ way — getting animated at Geltz or Maddon or both — because Geltz’s pitch went up and in. Not long after, Girardi was ejected for continuing to argue from the dugout. Girardi noted later to the media that Rays pitchers hit the Yankees five times over the past four games, including Jeter twice and Chase Headley in the mouth. Via NJ.com , Maddon said: “It’s nothing to apologize for. It’s just part of the game. I do understand their frustration with it and why they were upset. It ended up being what it was. Hopefully tomorrow there is nothing going on and, again, truthfully, like I said, there was no intent from us.” Later he added, “I understand the frustration. I get it totally.” Maddon’s cool attitude probably won’t help ease the tensions, even though Girardi’s beef wasn’t necessarily that the Rays pitchers were trying to hit anyone on purpose. “If you’re going to pitch inside, pitch their right way,” Girardi said. “And if you can’t pitch inside, don’t pitch inside. We’re not pincushions.” In the bottom of the eighth, Yankees right-hander David Phelps threw inside at Kevin Kiermaier, but missed. The benches cleared, slowly, and Phelps and interim manager Tony Peña were ejected. The Yankees couldn’t quite exact their own pound of flesh. Before we go any further:   So, who’s right? Girardi sounds a man at the end of a long, frustrating season. He’s done an excellent job managing a team with many problems. And, as Maddon said, it’s easy to see why he’s frustrated when his players get hit. The best he can hope to do is tell his pitchers to pitch inside without trying to hit anyone on purpose also, and see what it gets him. In the long run, it might make the opposition hesitate to throw inside, if their own hitters fear Yankees retaliation. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:    – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave  

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As Derek Jeter’s final season winds down, only three of stops remain on his farewell tour. Wednesday night will mark Jeter’s final game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, and on Tuesday the Tampa Bay Rays joined the rest of baseball in honoring Jeter with a series parting gifts. In perhaps the most touching presentation during Jeter’s final campaign, Don Zimmer’s widow Soot Zimmer was joined on the field by Rays veterans Evan Longoria and Jose Molina. Together, they presented Jeter with a framed No. 66 Zimmer jersey, which we’re guessing will immediately shoot to the top of Jeter’s favorite gifts list. Soot Zimmer is here. Jeter is being presented with a framed Don Zimmer No. 66 jersey. — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 16, 2014 #Rays presentation of a Don Zimmer jersey to Jeter – by Longoria, Molina and Soot Zimmer pic.twitter.com/Y20R0B9WBI — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 16, 2014 Zimmer served as Yankees bench coach early in Jeter’s career and would become a friend, confidant and mentor to Jeter as he blossomed into a future Hall of Famer. Zimmer, who died  June 4, obviously holds a special place in Jeter’s heart, and though he was most recently associated with the Rays, he’s most often remembered for those years in New York.  The Rays did well to acknowledge that relationship and honor both legends in a heartfelt way.  In addition to that special gift, Jeter was also presented with a pinstriped kayak with his soon-to-be-retired No. 2 on it.

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(Adds late games) Sept 15 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Monday’s Major League baseball games – - – - Nationals 4, Braves 2 Right-hander Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to help Washington to a win over the Atlanta Braves and reduce the Nationals’ magic number for winning the National League East to two. The Nationals (86-63) could clinch their second division title in three years by beating Atlanta on Tuesday. Atlanta (75-75) have lost four successive games. Atlanta starter Ervin Santana (14-9) threw six solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks, with six strikeouts.

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Derek Jeter, in an 0-for-24 slump, was out of the New York Yankees’ starting lineup at Tampa Bay on Monday night. New York manager Joe Girardi said last weekend he was planning to give the Yankees captain a break during a three-game series with the Rays. Jeter’s season average is down to .250. ”I really haven’t thought about it,” Jeter said of his offensive slide.

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Yunel Escobar didn’t much like being booed when he first came back to Toronto as a visiting player last season. Escobar riled up the crowd with an exaggerated display after a towering home run, Sean Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 6-5 Sunday. A frequent target of boos in Toronto after being suspended by the Blue Jays for writing an anti-gay slur on his eye-black in 2012, Escobar homered off the facing of the fourth deck against Todd Redmond in the eighth. Ben Zobrist homered as Tampa Bay took two of three from the Blue Jays, dealing them a blow in their chase for an AL wild-card berth.

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Matthew Pouliot suggests adds and drops for the next-to-last week of the season.

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