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April 19, 2013

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Jeter setback

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has experienced a setback in his comeback from offseason ankle surgery and will now be out until after the All Star break.

According to reports a small crack was found in Jeter’s surgically repaired left ankle, the ankle he broke in the American League Championship Series last fall.

The Yankees had hoped Jeter would be ready for Opening Day but he has continued to be marred with setbacks in the recovery process.

Eduardo Nunez will continue to be the Yankees starting shortstop with Jayson Nix backing him up.

Demoted

Bruins forward Milan Lucic skated with the fifth line at practice Thursday morning and may even be a healthy scratch when the Bruins host the Penguins tonight at TD Garden (7:00 p.m.).

The demotion comes on the same day that general manager Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com that Lucic has had a “disappointing season.”

After a strong start Lucic has been invisible over the last two months. He has six goals and 18 assists on the season.

Aces in the hole

Through the first 13 games of the regular season, no Red Sox starter has allowed more than three earned runs in an appearance.

That’s the best run to start a season for an American League team since Milwaukee in 1990. And the Brewers left the AL in 1997.

Amar’e ruled out

Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire has been ruled out of his team’s first round series against the Celtics with a right knee injury.

The oft injured Stoudemire has been a disappointment in New York but given his size he could have been a matchup problem for the Celtics even if he was slightly hobbled. Starting center Tyson Chandler, who missed 16 of the Knicks final 20 regular season games, says he is 100% and will be healthy at the start of the series.

The Celtics and Knicks will begin their first round playoff series on Saturday at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.). The last time the two teams met in the playoffs, the 2011 first round, the Celtics swept the Knicks before losing to Miami in the next round.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru and David Willis

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