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Captain a crutch for reeling Yankees

Bombers relying on a hobbled, aging Jeter more than ever. That's not a good sign.

Updated: September 15, 2012, 2:42 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Hard as it is to believe, the New York Yankees brought Derek Jeter back only because they had no other choice. If Jeter had retired following his dreadful 2010 or if he had decided to play out his twilight years on someone else's dime, the men who run the Yankees would not have cried themselves a river.

Brian Cashman and Randy Levine might have actually proposed a champagne toast to their good fortune instead.

But the shortstop wanted to play on, and he wanted to ...

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