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Wed, Mar 29, 2017 02:37 AM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
The Baseball Buzz
Jeter out with shoulder injury
The New York Yankees will be without Derek Jeter for at least a month after the shortstop injured his shoulder during the team's opening game Monday.

Jeter, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder after colliding with Toronto catcher Ken Huckaby at third base, had doubled and scored in his first at bat before walking in his second plate appearance of the year.

The 28-year-old shortstop, a .317 career hitter, finished the 2002 season with 18 homeruns and 78 runs batted in while hitting .297.

The Yankees, who are already without closer Mariano Rivera, are using Erick Almonte and Enrique Wilson to fill in for at short until Jeter makes his return.

Jeter has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, but early reports say he could be out up to six weeks.

Texas shortstop is youngest

ever to reach 300 homer mark

With a deep fly Wednesday evening, Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player ever to reach the 300 career homerun mark.

Rodriguez, who led the major leagues with 57 homeruns in 2002, hit his second of the season and number 300 for his career in the fifth inning, a three run shot off Anaheim right hander Ramon Ortiz.

A six-time all-star, Rodriguez became the youngest to 300 homers by 79 days, hitting his shot at 27 years 249 days. Jimmy Foxx, who hammered 534 for his career, hit his 300th career homer at age 27 years and 328 days.

Despite the Rodriguez homerun, Texas lost 11-5 to the Angels behind homers from Troy Glaus, Brad Fullmer, and Darin Erstad. Ortiz, 1-0, improved to 10-1 all-time against the Rangers.

Nen closed out to

rest sore shoulder

San Francisco closer Rob Nen was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday to give his sore shoulder more time to heal.

Nen, who recorded a 6-2 record and 43 saves for last year's NL champions, will not require additional surgery and is expected to return sometime in late April.

The 33-year-old right hander, who has averaged 43 saves a season over the past three, is being replaced in the closer's role by Felix Rodriguez and Tim Worrell.

Nen is just one of several closers currently on the disabled list. St. Louis' Jason Isringhausen, San Diego's Trevor Hoffman - probably out for the season - and New York's Mariano Rivera are all currently out of action.

Big hit, no pitch Cincinnati struggles in opening series

Ken Griffey, Junior and Austin Kearns went deep Wednesday, but the Cincinnati Reds remained winless in Great American Ballpark, falling for the second time to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Griffey collected the first hit ever in the new stadium, a first inning double Monday evening, but Cincinnati lost to the Pirates as righthander Jimmy Haynes was rocked in a 10-1 defeat.

Junior and Kearns both cranked first homeruns Wednesday, but once again a make-shift pitching staff struggled as the Reds, who also lost two pre-season games to Cleveland at the new stadium, fell 7-4.

Cincinnati closed out its three game series with Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon and will open a three game home stand Friday against the Chicago Cubs.

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