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Derek Jeter clarifies All-Star absence

Updated: July 15, 2011, 10:18 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

TORONTO -- Trying to put his All-Star absence controversy behind him, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter said he did not go to the Phoenix because he wanted to rest his calf for the second half.

"It wasn't an exhaustion thing, it was an injury thing is why I didn't go," Jeter said Thursday.

FoxSports.com had reported that Jeter didn't attend the All-Star Game because of "emotional and physical exhaustion" from his pursuit of 3,000 hits.

"That sounds like a good quote, ...

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