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New York Yankees News: Late Morning Notes

It looks like that time is just about here. The anticipation building up behind Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit is peaking as he is finally approaching that magically round number. If you haven't heard or read about it yet, Derek Sanderson Jeter is two hits shy of becoming the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club. I thought the stadium was about to explode last night when he roped the first pitch he saw from Jeff Niemann into center. I was sitting in the terrace level, and every time Jeter came up it was an event in itself. Sure, this pursuit has become a little aggravating at times, but I'm excited to see this happen. I'll be at the stadium tonight and tomorrow as well. Most importantly, let's hope for some wins instead of limping into the All-Star break. 

It was announced last night that Mariano Rivera will will not pitch in the All-Star Game on July 12.

"The reason why is because I want to make sure I’m 100 percent," Rivera said in announcing that he will not play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Phoenix. "I won’t be able to give what the team will ask me."

This news makes me happy. Having a shot at home field advantage in the world series is not worth pitching Rivera if he's not 100% healthy. If you forgot, he also withdrew from last year's All-Star Game due to an injured oblique. He was, however, available for last night's game.

It looks like Ivan Nova is loudly making it clear that he deserves a spot in New York's rotation. He tossed an absolute gem last night against the Buffalo Bisons (Mets triple-A affiliate). His final line was 7.2 innings, six hits, two runs, 10 strikeouts, zero walks.

"That was probably as well as I've seen him pitch," Yankees pitching coach Scott Aldred said. "When he's here, he means business. He came out, and he threw fire, he had a great hook. He did everything he needed to do to get back to the big leagues."

Unfortunately, he was forced to leave the game after taking a line drive to the foot. He retired 13 straight at one point, and never got into a three ball count. Very impressive.

I can't tell if this sarcastic article about Cliff Lee and the Yankees is funny, stupid or both. You decide!

Tragedy struck last night at Arlington when Josh Hamilton threw a foul ball to a fan in the stands. The man leaned over the railing too far and fell 20 feet head first. He was attended to immediately and experienced cardiac arrest in the ambulance on his way to the hospital. He ended up passing away. Thoughts and prayers to his family and hopes that nothing like this ever happens again.

Lastly, everyone start crying. The Yankees are interested in a southpaw for the bullpen named Sean Burnett.The following comes courtesy of MLBTR.

Burnett, 28, has an ugly 5.59 ERA in 29 innings this year, but he's held lefties to a .224/.304/.347 batting line against. He is under contract next year ($2.3MM) with a club option ($3.5MM) for 2013 ($250K buyout).

Two Burnett's? I'll let you all draw your own conclusions on that one.