MLB notes: Derek Jeter jersey a hot seller
By QMI Agency
|New York Yankees Derek Jeter looks out over the crowd from the on deck circle before the start of the first inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts September 12, 2012. (REUTERS)
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees has the top-selling jersey in the major leagues since the all-star break, it was announced Monday.
The top four players in jersey sales are all headed for the playoffs.
Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers ranks second, followed by Jeter's teammate, Ichiro Suzuki, and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Rounding out the top 10 are Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates; Yu Darvish, Rangers; Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves; Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers; and Robinson Cano, Yankees.
Other notables: Canadian Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds ranks 13th, while Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays are 16th and 20th respectively.
Jeter also led the list in 2010 and 2011.
YANKS BOSS BRACED FOR TIGHT RACE
Even though the New York Yankees have frittered away a 10-game lead in the AL East over the past couple of months, owner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters Monday that no jobs were on the line as a result.
"Jobs are not riding on this," Steinbrenner said at Yankee Stadium.
Steinbrenner said although the Yanks were up by 10 games July 18, he anticipated a tight race. The Yankees and Baltimore Orioles were tied for first entering play Monday night.
He also said he intends to reduce the Yankees payroll by about 10% over the next two seasons. It is about $200 million this season.
GIANTS LOOK TO LINCECUM
Despite a wildly erratic season, Tim Lincecum reportedly will get to start a playoff game for the San Francisco Giants.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner has a 10-15 record this season with a 5.18 earned-run average -- more than two runs higher than his 2011 ERA of 2.74. He has given up 12 earned runs over 10 innings in his past two starts.
But the 28-year-old right-hander has been told he would be in the playoff rotation, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
"I'm OK with anything," Lincecum said. "As long as I can help out the team in any way, that's all I'm looking for."
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis had his broken left thumb examined Monday and is still several weeks away from returning to the team. The Orioles had hoped Markakis would have two pins removed from the thumb but that won't happen for another week. The thumb would then be in a splint for up to two more weeks. He was hit by a pitch from C.C. Sabathia on Sept. 8 ... Miami Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson was scratched from his scheduled Monday start and won't pitch again this season. The 28-year-old has been dealing with a strained hamstring. He has an 8-14 record with a 3.81 ERA ... Texas pitcher Derek Holland said a homophobic slur on his Twitter account was posted by a hacker during the Rangers game Sunday night against the Los Angeles Angels. The slur was deleted quickly.