Derek Jeter took one step out of the batter’s box and clearly was in trouble.
Noticeably limping, the Yankees star managed to jog down the first base line. He touched the bag, turned right toward the dugout, and was done in the fifth inning of last night’s 1-0 loss to Cleveland in New York.
A strained right calf stalled Jeter’s pursuit of 3,000 hits. He headed to a hospital for an MRI exam, which showed a Grade 1 strain, the mildest type. The Yankees said they would determine the next step today — and they hope it’s not a trip to the disabled list.
“I’m worried about him,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Just keep our fingers crossed and hopefully it’s not too serious.’’
Jeter, who had a leadoff single for career hit No. 2,994, appeared to hurt himself on a fly out to right field in the fifth. He has not been on the disabled list since 2003.
“He just walked off the field and you could tell he was done,’’ Girardi said. “You don’t see him come out of games.’’
Teammates, fans, and even Jeter himself had said it would be nice to achieve the milestone at Yankee Stadium. New York has three games left against Texas on this homestand, then goes on a six-game road trip to Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Cincinnati.
“It’s frustrating,’’ Girardi said. “He’s six hits away. You’d hope he could’ve did it here. Obviously, he looked pretty sore.’’
Jeter’s single helped the Yankees load the bases with no outs in the first against Carlos Carrasco (6-3). But Jeter hesitated on Alex Rodriguez’s medium-depth fly and stayed at third base — center fielder Michael Brantley appeared ready to concede the run — and Carrasco got out of the jam without allowing a run.
Carrasco pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, striking out seven and walking three. The Yankees certainly had their chances at the start against him — of their first 14 batters, seven reached base. The 24-year-old righthander set down 13 of his last 14.
The Indians had lost four in a row overall and were able to avoid a four-game sweep in the Bronx.
Michael Brantley tripled off the glove of diving right fielder Nick Swisher in the fourth, and Cabrera bounced an RBI single to left field. That go-ahead grounder stopped the Indians’ 0-for-20 drought with runners in scoring position.
Tony Sipp got two outs in the eighth, retiring Mark Teixeira on a fly ball up against the right-center wall, and reliever Vinnie Pestano ended the inning. Chris Perez struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.
A.J. Burnett (6-5) rebounded from a battering by the Red Sox and took the hard-luck loss. He gave up five hits in 7 2/3 innings, walked one, and struck out eight.
Tigers 2, Rays 1 — Ramon Santiago’s RBI triple in the 10th gave host Detroit a win over Tampa Bay.
With one out in the 10th, Victor Martinez singled off Kyle Farnsworth (2-1). Santiago followed with a drive to the gap in right-center. Center fielder B.J. Upton did his best to run the ball down, but Martinez scored just before the relay to the plate.
Diamondbacks 12, Marlins 9 — Miguel Montero hit three doubles and drove in four runs, and pitcher Zach Duke hit a two-run homer for Arizona in its win in Miami.
The Diamondbacks led, 9-0, in the third inning, but Florida pulled within 12-9 in the eighth on a two-run single by John Buck.
Astros 8, Braves 3 — Hunter Pence returned from a day off with back trouble and homered and drove in four runs as host Houston snapped a four-game skid with a win over the Atlanta.
Pence extended his career-best hitting streak to 23 games with a two-run homer off Derek Lowe (3-5) in the third inning. Wandy Rodriguez (4-3) allowed two hits in six scoreless innings for the win.
Cubs 1, Brewers 0 — Darwin Barney scored on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning for the game’s lone run as Chicago beat visiting Milwaukee.
Cubs reliever Jeff Samardzija (4-2) worked one inning for the win, while Carlos Marmol picked up a save.
Pirates 3, Mets 1 — Paul Maholm pitched seven shutout innings, Brandon Wood homered, and host Pittsburgh beat New York to split the four-game series.
Maholm (3-7) lowered his ERA to 3.12, allowing only three hits and two walks. New York starter Mike Pelfrey (3-5) nearly matched Maholm, giving up two runs and four hits in seven innings.
Angels 6, Mariners 3 — Vernon Wells hit Los Angeles’s first homer in a week in the third, then hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh as the Angels won in Seattle. It was Wells’s 22d career multihomer game.
Padres 3, Rockies 1 — Anthony Bass pitched five efficient innings to win his major league debut, Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs, and San Diego won in Denver in a game delayed 83 minutes by a thunderstorm.