Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Anxious Times for Yanks

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Anxious Times for Yanks

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BOSTON -- Derek Jeter is set to take his final swings today, wrapping up a grand career at historic Fenway Park in the Yankees' farewell to 2014.

As the Yankees' captain moves on, the first harsh notes of winter sounded during a 10-4 Red Sox victory Saturday, when Jeter's hero's reception in his rival's den couldn't cover some unnerving realities.

Masahiro Tanaka did not quell the concerns about his right elbow after being knocked out in the second inning of his second start since returning from the disabled list.

"Obviously, I wasn't as sharp as I wanted to be today," Tanaka said through his interpreter after yielding seven runs - five earned - in 1 2/3 innings. "But [my] arm and body are fine."

After the game, manager Joe Girardi acknowledged an ESPN.com report that he'd addressed his team on Thursday about the disappointment of missing the playoffs for a second straight season - - a speech that took place prior to the players' clubhouse presentation of gifts to their emotional retiring captain.

"I was direct in the message I wanted to get across," Girardi said, downplaying any anger. "As you well know, that's my personality."

And there was even concern for Jeter's status when he gingerly walked down the dugout steps after the top of the third inning, following a high-chop infield hit to third.

Though his hamstrings might've tightened up, Jeter gave a one- word response - "yup" - about being in today's lineup again as designated hitter.

Jeter (1-for-2) had requested just two plate appearances before Saturday's game and Girardi will allow the captain to write his final chapter today.

Tanaka had wished for a better ending to an inaugural major league season that began with stunning promise -- only to end with his shortest start of the year.

"My goal coming into this season was to stay healthy and keep a spot in the rotation. …

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