Sep 26, 2014 8:34 PM

Derek Jeter at Fenway Park, but not in New York Yankees’ lineup

BOSTON – Derek Jeter is getting a day off after his emotional farewell to Yankee Stadium. New York manager Joe Girardi put together a lineup without his star shortstop – or many of his other regulars, either – for the series opener on Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Girardi said he would let Jeter do whatever he wants for the final weekend – including manage, but Jeter said he would bat as designated hitter on Saturday and Sunday. “I don’t think I really slept – maybe a couple of hours,” Jeter told reporters, adding that he had never asked for a day off before. Jeter has said he will play during the weekend series out of respect for the rivalry – but at designated hitter, so he can savor the memory of playing shortstop for the last time in his home ballpark. “He said he’d like to have a day,” Girardi told reporters. “It’s always difficult at this point because everybody wants to see him. He’s been through a lot, and our team’s been through a lot.” Jeter has been the focus of a yearlong farewell tour after he announced in spring training that this would be his final season. And the trip ends at Fenway Park, where the Yankees captain has earned the respect of the rival Red Sox and, begrudgingly, their fans. “I think Derek understands the magnitude of the rivalry and the importance of it in the game of baseball,” Girardi said, predicting that the Boston fans will give him a nice send-off in spite of the history. “I think there will be a great amount of respect,” Girardi said.


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