Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks Fall but Jeter Moves Up

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks Fall but Jeter Moves Up

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NEW YORK -- The magic had run out by the time an irked Derek Jeter glared down the first-base line.

The day had begun with the patron saints of the Yankees' 1990s dynasty returning to the Bronx, celebrating Paul O'Neill and the Monument Park plaque unveiled in his honor.

The good feelings continued when Jeter passed Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list with an infield single.

But as the angry captain stared down first-base umpire Brian O'Nora in the eighth inning Saturday afternoon after unsuccessfully checking his swing, it was clear something was missing in the Yankees' 3-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

Runs, for one thing.

Middle of the order sluggers Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira -- both injured -- for another.

And any kind of support for Brandon McCarthy (4-1), who overcame a line-drive comebacker off his foot in the third only to watch Indians ace Corey Kluber smother the watered-down Yankees lineup over six dominant innings.

But also absent was the magic that O'Neill, Joe Torre, Mariano Rivera and the other dignitaries seemed to carry with them onto the field before the game. With Jeter's impending retirement, Torre's induction in the Hall of Fame and O'Neill receiving his plaque, the void felt more profound.

"I think it is an end of a time," O'Neill said. "It's a time that people remember and that's what's neat about it."

On a day when the past was celebrated at Yankee Stadium, the only in-game highlight was Jeter's career milestone.

He made history with a sixth-inning dribbler to Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who could not barehand the slow roller. It was career hit 3,431, tops among all shortstops.

"It's one of those wild moments," Jeter said. "To say you have more hits than anyone that's played the position at all, it's something I'm extremely proud of. It's something that I'll be able to tell my kids one day about. …

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