July 8 (Bloomberg) -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez won’t play in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, the team said in an e-mailed statement.
Jeter, who was elected to start the July 12 game in Phoenix and is two hits from becoming the 28th major-leaguer to reach 3,000 for his career, told reporters today that he is skipping the game to rest while coming back from a strained calf, according to the Associated Press. He is in the lineup tonight at Yankee Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jeter came back from the disabled list on July 4 and has four hits since returning.
Rodriguez, also named an All-Star starter by fans, was sent for an MRI on his sore right knee and won’t play tonight, AP said.
The team statement didn’t give a reason for the two players skipping the All-Star Game.
Six Yankees were named All-Stars. Relief pitcher Mariano Rivera withdrew yesterday to rest his pitching arm, which has been sore in recent days.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and center fielder Curtis Granderson are still scheduled to start the All-Star Game, while catcher Russell Martin is a reserve.
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