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The New York Yankees are ready to get their captain back as he

chases baseball history.

Derek Jeter is expected to return to the lineup and resume his

pursuit of 3,000 hits Monday night when the Yankees open a

three-game road series with the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees’ all-time hits leader was placed on the disabled

list June 13 with a right calf strain. It came with the iconic

superstar six hits shy of 3,000.

After successful rehab games at Double-A Trenton on Saturday and

Sunday, Jeter will join the Yankees.

“He’s good to go,” said general manager Brian Cashman, who

watched both games in Trenton. “I haven’t talked to (Yankees

manager) Joe (Girardi) about it but he’s ready to go. He’ll play

tomorrow.”

Jeter went 1 for 2 with a walk in Saturday’s game and was 1 for

2 with a bunt single, a walk and a throwing error in six innings

Sunday night.

Asked after Sunday’s game if he’d be playing Monday, Jeter

replied, “Yup.”

“It feels good,” Jeter said of his calf. ”I’m looking forward

to getting back and helping the team to continue to play

well.”

Jeter’s return comes at a good time since he’s a career .370

hitter in Cleveland.

New York (50-32) had its season-high seven-game winning streak

snapped with Sunday’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Mets. An error by

fill-in shortstop Ramiro Pena in the 10th kept the inning alive and

allowed Jason Bay to follow with a game-ending single.

Pena was in the lineup since Eduardo Nunez was held out due to a

tight right hamstring. Nunez went 7 for 8 in the first two games of

the series, and batted .339 in 17 starts in place of Jeter with the

Yankees winning 14 times.

Jeter was named one of four All-Star starters for the Yankees,

with Russell Martin and Mariano Rivera making the squad as

reserves. Rivera blew his fourth save Sunday as he failed to

preserve Freddy Garcia’s eighth win.

Cleveland (44-38) also has a shortstop and closer on the

All-Star team in Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez. Cabrera leads

the Indians in homers (14), RBIs (49) and steals (12).

“What Asdrubal has done this year is nothing short of All-Star

caliber,” manager Manny Acta said. “He’s been a big part of

stabilizing our lineup, that’s for sure. He’s been our best hitter

from day one.”

The Indians have lost 13 of their last 17 against the Yankees

after dropping three of four in New York from June 10-13. Curtis

Granderson went 8 for 17 with six RBIs and Alex Rodriguez was 6 for

15 with six RBIs in that series.

Cabrera was 5 for 18 in that series, and he’s the only healthy

Cleveland player who had more than three hits.

A.J. Burnett (8-6, 4.05 ERA) was the lone Yankee starter to lose

in that series, allowing one run over 7 2-3 innings and striking

out eight in a 1-0 loss in the finale.

The right-hander is also 1-4 with a 7.12 ERA in five career

starts in Cleveland, with Travis Hafner 7 for 20 with a homer

against him overall.

Burnett yielded two runs over seven innings to earn a 5-2 win

over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Cleveland right-hander Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.86) will look to do

better than he did when he gave up six runs over five innings in a

9-1 loss to the Yankees on June 12.

Tomlin is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three outings since, allowing

two runs over seven innings Tuesday in a 6-4 loss at Arizona.