NEW YORK (AP) _ Derek Jeter has pulled himself from the All-Star

The New York Yankees’ shortstop says he wants to rest while
coming back from a strained calf. He was elected by fans to start
for the American League.

Jeter is two hits from 3,000 going into Friday night’s game
against Tampa Bay.

Jeter has been moved down from the leadoff slot and will bat
second against the Rays. He is in a 4-for-18 rut since coming off
the disabled list last week.

Rookie Jeremy Hellickson was ready to pitch for the Rays. Maybe
this is an omen: Hellickson’s pet dog is named Jeter. Hellickson
grew up rooting for Jeter, and named his Yorkie after the Yankees

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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