Yankees fall to Rays in series opener

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NEW YORK -- On a clear night that saw the Yankees honor one of their most beloved players, the atmosphere grew stormy before a single pitch was thrown. Derek Jeter expressed surprise to hear boos at his expressions of thanks to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman.

Jeter would later explain that he believes “Yankees fans boo because they want to cheer,” noting that the franchise’s expectations are for excellence. More Bronx jeers would come, directed at outfielder Aaron Hicks, who was removed from the game after defensive misplays in a 4-2 loss to the Rays on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

“I got benched. I got benched during the game,” Hicks said. “That’s rough, especially when all you want to do is produce for your team.”

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