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If it were up to him, Jeter would be playing now

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08:16 AM ET 06.27 | Derek Jeter probably didn't spend his birthday the way he'd hoped. [Jeter] spent his 37th birthday Sunday working out in a batting cage in Tampa for the second straight day. He told The Associated Press he "hopefully" will start a running program Monday or Tuesday, but still won't commit to a target date to resume his pursuit of 3,000 hits. "You've got to run. Once you start running, then we'll have a better sense," said Jeter, who's been on the DL since June 13 with a strained right calf. "If it was up to me I'd be playing now, but you have to be smart." Jeter also was slated to take grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt but didn't because of rain.

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June 27, 2011  08:51 AM ET

Oh boy. A Jeter thread. It's been too long.

June 27, 2011  08:52 AM ET
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Oh boy. A Jeter thread. It's been too long.

Maybe today will pick up after all.

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June 27, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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Maybe today will pick up after all.

Worst case, we can make up our own story and see where it leads.

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June 27, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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Good morning clem & Mongo!

Good morning again, good looking.

June 27, 2011  08:54 AM ET
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They seem to be doing fine without him.

But there is so much more entertainment value when he is in the news.

June 27, 2011  08:55 AM ET
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Good morning clem & Mongo!

Good morning Catwoman, hope your weekend was good.

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June 27, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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How was yours Mongo? Nice weather yesterday!

Nice weather? Where? Where? We've had rain on and off (mostly on) for the last 5 days over here, though the sun did finally peak out late in the afternoon. But all in all the weekend still was pretty good.

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June 27, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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Nice weather? Where? Where? We've had rain on and off (mostly on) for the last 5 days over here, though the sun did finally peak out late in the afternoon. But all in all the weekend still was pretty good.

This upcoming week looks pretty nice around here. However, rain may be returning for next weekend.

June 27, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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and so much more suckage when he is in the lineup

In this case suckage = entertainment.

June 27, 2011  09:02 AM ET

And if it were up to Yankee fans, he would have been playing the last few years instead of doing his impersonation of Luis Castillo with lighter skin.

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June 27, 2011  09:03 AM ET
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They seem to be doing fine without him.

Thats because he sucks

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