Yankees honor Derek Jeter; Michael Jordan, Cal Ripken Jr. attend

Derek Jeter

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter smiles while acknowledging the Kansas City Royals dugout during Sunday’s game.

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The New York Yankees honored their retiring captain Derek Jeter on Sunday with a 45-minute pregame ceremony that included surprise appearances by NBA great Michael Jordan and baseball ironman Cal Ripken Jr. Jeter, 40, thanked people a dozen times as he spoke with his typical reserve to a capacity crowd of 48,110 at Yankee Stadium for about three minutes before a 2-0 loss to Kansas City.

“It’s kind of hard to believe that 20 seasons has gone by so quickly,” Jeter, a 14-time All-Star who is sixth on the all-time hits list and will retire after the season, said after a 90-second ovation. “You guys have all watched me grow up over the last 20 years. I’ve watched you, too. Some of you guys getting old, too. But I want to thank you for helping me feel like a kid for the last 20 years.”


Colorado activated catcher Wilin Rosario, who missed 15 games because of left wrist inflammation. . . . Texas purchased the contract of Guilder Rodriguez, a 31-year-old infielder looking to make his major league debut after 1,095 minor league games.


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