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It’s the type of anecdote that sounds like an urban legend: The New York Yankees once sent Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera down to the minors at the same time? Jeter remembers, all right — because that demotion in 1995 came right as he was preparing to play in his home state of Michigan for the first time as a major leaguer. Jeter said, “I had everything packed and ready to come to Detroit, had family and friends coming. Then we got demoted to Triple-A.” Nearly two decades later, Jeter was in Detroit on Tuesday, reminiscing a bit about his connection to Michigan before the Yankees played the opener of a three-game series against the Tigers. Barring a postseason matchup, this is Jeter’s final appearance in Detroit before he retires after this season. The Tigers plan to honor him before Wednesday night’s game.



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