Jeter’s no dandy in return to Yanks

Derek Jeter’s chase for his 3,000th career hit resumed Monday after a nearly three-week stint on the disabled list, and the shortstop went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 6-3 loss to the Indians in front of a sellout crowd of 40,676 at Progressive Field.

“I felt fine, no problems, no issues,” Jeter said. “I was nervous at the beginning, almost like it was opening day again. It was just nerves. Three weeks is definitely a long time to be out. I felt better as the game went on.”

The Yankees (50-33), held without a hit by right-hander Josh Tomlin through six innings, took a 2-0 lead in the seventh.

But A.J. Burnett, himself masterful through six, coughed up the lead in a four-run bottom half of the seventh, highlighted for the Indians by a three-run homer from Austin Kearns.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was not available because of a sore right triceps muscle.


Albert Pujols could be back in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup as early as tonight, beating the initial timetable for his return from a broken left wrist by a month. After taking batting practice and fielding grounders Monday, Pujols said he felt great. He’s scheduled to be examined by team a physician this morning. … Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was out of the starting lineup again against Arizona. … Bryce Harper, the top pick in 2010, made his Double-A debut for the Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League after being called up from Single-A. … Paul Konerko has the early lead in the competition for the American League’s Final Vote balloting for the July 12 All-Star Game in Phoenix. … Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis left the game against Toronto in the fourth inning after getting hit by a pitch in the upper back. … Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the game against the Braves with tightness in his right quadriceps. … Phillies closer Ryan Madson was officially ruled out from retuning before the All-Star break.