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Yankees captain Derek Jeter meets the media at Fenway Park in Boston on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, the day after he played his last game at Yankee Stadium.(Credit: Newsday / Mark La Monica)

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Updated September 26, 2014 10:43 PM
By ERIK BOLAND [email protected]

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Yankees captain Derek Jeter meets the media at Fenway Park in Boston on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, the day after he played his last game at Yankee Stadium.(Credit: Newsday / Mark La Monica)

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BOSTON – In a season of lasts for Derek Jeter came a first Friday.

The shortstop requested a day off.

“I don’t ever remember him saying that,” Joe Girardi said.



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But Jeter, emotionally and physically drained after Thursday’s 6-5 victory over the Orioles in which he produced a walk-off RBI single in his final Yankee Stadium appearance, didn’t have anything left. Not for Friday night, at any rate, when the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 3-2.

“I couldn’t have played today,” Jeter said during a pregame news conference, still looking as drained as he did the night before. “Last night was as special as it gets, playing your last game at home at Yankee Stadium, the way the fans were, the atmosphere. Everything was pretty much perfect in terms of the situation that we were in.”

Jeter said he planned to DH on Saturday and Sunday but only out of respect for the Yankees’ rivalry with the Red Sox.

“If it was anywhere else, I don’t even know if I’d play,” Jeter said. “I have the utmost respect for the Red Sox organization and their fans here, and I would love to come and play here one last time.”

Earlier in the conference, he said: “If there’s anywhere to play besides New York, it’s only fitting that it’s here in Boston because of all the games I’ve played here, the rivalry between the Red …read more