MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Derek Jeter was a big hit from the start in his final All-Star game.
Batting leadoff for the American League, the 40-year-old shortstop for the New York Yankees seized the moment Tuesday night by hitting a double down the right-field line on the second pitch from Adam Wainwright.
Jeter crossed the plate moments later for the game’s first run a few minutes later.
The double, which was a classic, opposite-field liner by Jeter, raised his All-Star batting average to a robust .462 – 12 hits in 26 at-bats.
In the top of the first inning, Jeter made a slick diving stop on Andrew McCutchen’s sharp groundball up the middle. Jeter got to his feet and fired an on-target throw to first base, but the fleet-footed McCutchen was too fast, beating it out for a single.
This was the 14th time Jeter was picked as an All-Star. He’s set to retire after this season.