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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees’ Derek Jeter hit by pitch in first at-bat of final season

04.02.14 at 8:04 am ET

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MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Phillies at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Coyotes at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: CBI, Fresno State at Siena, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Chelsea at Paris, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico vs. United States, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)


— The Derek Jeter farewell tour got off to a rocky start Tuesday, as the Yankees captain was hit in the arm by a pitch in the first at-bat of his final season and his team suffered a 6-2 loss to the lowly Astros in Houston.

“That woke me up,” Jeter said of getting hit in the left forearm by an 0-1 fastball from Scott Feldman. “Opening Day, I think everyone’€™s always a little nervous, anxious. You have butterflies. I was probably a little more nervous because I hadn’€™t played in a while. And then when I got hit, it hurt, so I wasn’€™t nervous anymore. It probably helped me out a little bit.”

Jeter, who earlier in the day had lunch with ex-teammate Roger Clemens, former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush at Katch 22, the Houston restaurant owned by Clemens’ son Kory. hit an opposite-field single in the eighth inning and finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.

The game featured slimmed-down Yankees starter CC Sabathia continuing his trend of struggling on Opening Day, surrendering six runs on eight hits in six innings. He allowed four runs in the first and two more in the second.

“It got out of hand early,” Sabathia said. “I’€™ve got 34 more starts left. I’€™m definitely not going to pitch like I did tonight in the first two innings. I know I can pitch and I know I can get guys out. I feel great. I’€™m not going to beat myself up about this.”

Joked manager Joe Girardi: “I had a feeling we were going to lose a game at some point this year. Good thing we got it out of the way early.”

— Kings center Demarcus Cousins revealed his foray into R&B music to be an April Fools’ joke, much to the relief of his team.

On Sunday Cousins had tweeted a picture of the cover of the “Misunderstood” CD he purportedly was releasing under the name “Boogie Smooth.”

But on Tuesday Cousins posted a video showing him at the piano and demonstrating his lack of musical ability.

“I was hoping that it wasn’€™t true, because I don’€™t know if anybody would even buy that album,” Kings coach Mike Malone told the Sacramento Bee. “I guess April Fools’€™ came a few days early, but DeMarcus keeps everybody on the edge of their seat.”

— Two players in the Federal Hockey League who staged a fake fight — they dropped the gloves and circled each other only to stop and hug before one of them pulled out a beer from his pants — found that their stunt was not well received by the league.

Danville Dashers forward Matt Puntureri said he was behind the act, while his former teammate, Dayton Demonz center Jesse Felten, agreed but would not join in the beer part because his team is headed to the playoffs and he wanted to avoid punishment. No such luck, as the league suspended Felten for the entirety of the postseason.

“I wouldn’€™t take back what happened, even if it meant not getting suspended, I guess,” Felten said. “Punts has been a real good friend of mine, and it’€™s kind of upsetting to see what happened. But at the same time, it was all in good fun. It wasn’€™t meant to piss the league off or make them look bad, even though they maybe took it that way.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 2, 2000, the Red Sox signed which free agent infielder who was at the tail end of his memorable career?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m proud of these guys. As a baseball fan, I appreciate their comeback season. But more importantly, as president, I’€™m grateful for their character and their embrace of the essential role they played in the spirit of that city.” — President Barack Obama, at Tuesday’s White House ceremony honoring the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 — Years since the Nets last defeated the Rockets prior to Tuesday’s 105-96 victory that clinched a playoff spot and extended Brooklyn’s home winning streak to a 14 games

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Warriors guard Steph Curry hits a long jumper with less than a second remaining to beat the Mavericks in Dallas on Tuesday night.

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey pretends to get upset at a question at the end of an interview with former player Jordan Cornette before revealing it to be an April Fools’ joke.

In this ESPN World Cup promo, announcer Ian Darke sits in on a blind date at an Italian restaurant to provide expert analysis.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Marvin Gaye was born on this day in 1939.

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