NEW YORK — Derek Jeter arrived for his last Yankee Stadium opener fashionably early at 9:35 a.m., attired in a gray suit, white shirt, purple tie and black Prada lace-up shoes.
His performance, if not stylish, was memorable.
Jeter missed a home run by about two feet in Monday’s 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. After he left the batter’s box slowly leading off the fifth inning, the ball hit off the “8” in the 318-foot sign in the left-field corner and Jeter hustled into second with a headfirst slide.
“I had to pick up the pace a little bit,” he admitted. “Yeah, there were some guys laughing — until a couple of them hit some balls and the wind got them, too.”
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It was a rare mind cramp for a player known for hustle and an unfailing ability to be in the right place.
“Maybe you get caught up in opening day,” he said. “You probably haven’t seen it, probably won’t see it again. But what can you (do)? I was safe. It would be a lot more embarrassing if I was out.”
Jeter scored one run, sent another home with a double-play grounder on a 1-for-4 day and was applauded every time he came to bat and fielded a grounder to shortstop.
This was Jeter’s first appearance in New York since announcing Feb. 12 that his 20th season will be his last. With the retirements of Jeter’s No. 2 and former manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 likely, the 48,142 adoring and slightly frosted fans on hand during a cool and overcast afternoon almost surely were the last to witness a single-digit pinstriped uniform on opening day.
• Monday’s interleague series opener between the Indians and San Diego Padres was washed out. With steady rains falling at Progressive Field and the forecast for more showers and no window to play, the Indians announced the postponement less than two hours before the scheduled opening pitch. The teams will play a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday with the first game scheduled to begin at 12:05 p.m. The second game will start 20 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.
• Tigers right-hander Evan Reed is facing a complaint of sexual assault. Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody said the alleged victim is being interviewed. Woody did not know when the alleged assault happened.
David Gorcyca, Reed’s attorney, said he is very confident Reed will have “nothing to fear” once a thorough and full investigation is completed.
The Tigers released a statement Monday night saying the organization is aware of the “very serious allegation,” made against Reed, adding the allegation is “concerning,” and that it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.
• The Texas Rangers have put left-hander Joe Saunders on the disabled list with a bruised left ankle and recalled right-hander Daniel McCutcheon from Class AA Frisco.
The move with Saunders was retroactive to Sunday. The Rangers announced the moves before Monday night’s game in Boston.