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TAMPA — When Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees, Xander Bogaerts didn’t want to seem too eager. But Ellsbury’s No. 2 was available, and Bogaerts was hoping to wear the same number of his boyhood idol, Derek Jeter.
The Red Sox were more than willing to oblige their prized young player.
On Tuesday, the shortstops of the Sox and Yankees both wore No. 2.
Jeter is 39, Bogaerts is 21. They both made their major league debuts at 20, Jeter in 1995, Bogaerts in 2013.
What they also have in common is the same coach. As a minor league coach in the Yankees system in 1993, Brian Butterfield was given the assignment of working with a kid shortstop who had made 56 errors in Single A.