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Jeter about Yankees' wins, not his hits

Getting Derek Jeter to talk about Lou Gehrig's franchise hit record after Saturday's win over the Blue Jays was like trying to make a little kid eat his veggies. It wasn't going to happen. And I've got no problem with that. It's what makes Jeter great. He wants to "win games." He must have used those two words four or five times in the course of a three-minute interview.

The Yankees haven't won the World Series since 2000 -- and haven't even been in it since 2003. That's a lifetime to the ESPN generation who don't remember the struggles of the late 60s and early 70s, and most of the 80s. And it's driving Jeter crazy. At age 35, his focus hasn't been this good in a while. The chemistry in the clubhouse feels like the late 90s all over again. At this point, October (now November thanks to Fox) is the Yankees' for the taking.

The New York Daily News did a huge takeout on Jeter's Yankee career this morning as he heads toward Gehrig. Well worth the read.

Also for your Sunday reading pleasure, be sure to take a look at my Inside Baseball column on seven things the Mets must do immediately to help make things better in Buffalo.

More from the Rogers Centre later today as the Yanks and Blue Jays play their series finale.

---Mike Harrington

(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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