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Injury delays Jeter in run to 3,000 hits

Yankees star Derek Jeter limped out of Monday’s game with a sore right calf in the fifth inning against Cleveland, stalling his pursuit of 3,000 career hits.

Jeter went to the hospital for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam. There was no immediate word on the severity of his injury.

“I’m worried about him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Just keep our fingers crossed and hopefully it’s not too serious.”

Jeter singled his first time up for his 2,994th hit. He looked fine when he hit into a fielder’s choice the next time up in the second inning and seemed to be having no problems at shortstop.

But the New York captain looked to be having trouble as soon as he hit a fly to right field in the fifth. He was limping with his first step out of the batter’s box and jogged down the line. He returned to the dugout and left the game.

Jeter is trying to become the 28th player in major league history to reach 3,000 career hits.

LONGTIME TIGERS FAN

Mary Johnson belatedly celebrated her 104th birthday by seeing the Tigers play at Comerica Park for the first time.

Johnson watched her beloved Tigers play the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The Mariners won, 7-3, but Johnson watched the game from a suite, compliments of the Tigers, and was greeted by retired Detroit legend Al Kaline, one of her favorite players.

“It’s beautiful. I couldn’t say another word,” said Johnson, who last saw the Tigers in person in 1936.

Johnson was supposed to attend a game May 15 but it was rained out.

Johnson, who turned 104 on May 10, visited Detroit in 1936 to see her brother from Henderson, Ky., but never left.

SHORT HOPS

Orioles Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson was released from the hospital after receiving treatment for a fever and infection. … Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla, sidelined since May 14 because of a bulging disk in his neck, is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday. … Cubs reliever Kerry Wood was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a lingering blister on his right index finger. … Johan Santana has not thrown off a mound since experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder 10 days ago when the Mets ace ramped up the intensity of his workouts. … The Padres placed right-hander Aaron Harang on the 15-day DL because of a bruised right foot and activated outfielder Cameron Maybin, who has been out with an inflamed knee.

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