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Gifts piling up for DJ; so are hits

Derek Jeter’s farewell tour moved on to St. Louis Monday, the day after he was feted by the White Sox in Chicago and paid them for their tribute with a four-hit, two-RBI performance in the Yankees’ 7-1 victory behind Masahiro Tanaka, who shook off his first loss of the season last Tuesday night at Wrigley Field and improved his record to 7-1.

Jeter received a bench made of bats and balls from the White Sox, who also donated $5,000 to his Turn 2 Foundation. But the Cardinals came up with a really cool gift along with doubling the White Sox’ total as a foundation donation. With Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Red Schoendienst part of the ceremony with club owner Bill DeWitt, Jeter was presented with cuff links that bore the image of Stan Musial and his No. 6.

Just as he did Sunday, Jeter got a single in his first at-bat. It pushed Brett Gardner, who led off with a walk, into scoring position. Jacoby Ellsbury got Gardner home with a single as well.

The Yankees’ visit to St. Louis, their first since 2005, was to have included a return to Busch Stadium for Carlos Beltran, who was a key figure on the Cardinals team last year that reached its 19th World Series, second only to the Yankees’ 40. The Cardinals have won the most World Series for a National League club with 11, far behind the Yankees’ all-time mark of 27.

Beltran is on the 15-day disabled list because of bone spurs in his right elbow. He took some dry swings with a fungo bat and had no setbacks but is a while away from taking regular batting practice.

The Yankees were also without Mark Teixeira, who was a late scratch from the lineup due to stiffness in his surgical right wrist. Tex told manager Joe Girardi that the wrist tightened up during the 13-inning game at Wrigley Field last week. The Yankees are hopeful a day off will tone it down and allow Teixeira to get back into the lineup Tuesday night.

In their victories Wednesday at Wrigley Field and Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field, the Yankees came back from 2-0 and 3-0 ninth-inning deficits, respectively. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Yankees won two games when facing multiple-run deficits in the ninth-inning or later on one road trip was July 1994, when they won back-to-back games at Seattle’s Kingdome and ended the 11-game West Coast trip with another such victory at Anaheim Stadium, now Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Red Sox pitcher does Yankees a favor

There are times to retaliate for infractions of unwritten rules and times not to. One time definitely not to do it is at the start of a late inning in a game of importance in which you are trailing. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey took precisely that time to take revenge against Francisco Cervelli, and it helped the Yankees get a run.

Cervelli obviously ticked off Lackey and his catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, not only for the home run the Yankees’ backup catcher hit in the fifth inning but also because he stomped on the plate and clapped his hands when he reached home. This is a big no-no in the game of be careful not to show up the opposition.

Lackey did not waste any time. The next time he saw Cervelli as the leadoff hitter in the seventh with the Yankees leading 4-2 the righthander hit him in the back with a pitch. The dugouts emptied, and there was the usual jawing and finger pointing but no punches were thrown. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild was furious enough to get himself ejected for his behavior.

Lackey’s maneuver fulfilled the macho code but proved foolish because it eventually cost the Red Sox a run. A passed ball by Saltalamacchia got Cervelli to second base, and he crossed to third when Bret Gardner beat out an infield single on a sacrifice attempt. Derek Jeter grounded into a double play, but Cervelli crossed the plate, so just what did Boston gain for retaliating so soon?

The Yankees and Red Sox still have two more games left in this series and another series left in the regular season Sept. 23-25 at Yankee Stadium, plenty of time to make Cervelli pay for his indiscretion. What Lackey did Tuesday night was just foolish, to the Yankees’ benefit.

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