Friday, October 24, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Ticket prices soar for Jeter

The New York Yankees' surprise announcement on Friday that the team will officially honor its retiring captain Derek Jeter on Sept. 7 sent ticket prices for that game soaring on the resale market.

The average list price for the home game in the Bronx against the Kansas City Royals went from $139.24 before the announcement to $497.98 by Saturday, according to ticket resale market aggregator TiqIQ.

The price of the cheapest seat in the building jumped by more than 1,200 percent, from $16 to $211. Bleacher seats with a face value of $23 can't be found for under $223, while outfield field-box seats that carry a face value of $175 can't be had for under $575 anymore.

"The Yankees have been known to pick somewhat random dates to honor their retiring stars," TiqIQ spokesman Chris Matkovich told ESPN.com, pointing out that Mariano Rivera was honored last season on the Sunday during the final homestand.

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The Yankees haven't announced the schedule of events, but did say that fans attending the Sept. 7 game will receive a limited-edition Jeter coin.

Billy Cub not a real Cub

The Cubs filed a lawsuit against five people whom the team accuses of dressing in the fake mascot "Billy Cub" bear costume and engaging in bad behavior near Wrigley Field, including demanding tips for photos, making rude and profane remarks, and getting into a bar fight that was captured on video and posted online, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The fake mascot - not to be confused with the official mascot, "Clark the Cub" - wears a Cubs hat and No. 78 jersey that has the name "Billy Cub" on the back.

Tulowitzki hurting

Rockies all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who entered Saturday's game against the Pirates leading the major leagues with a .342 batting average, left with an apparent leg injury.

Tulowitzki was running out a ground ball to shortstop in the top of the fourth inning when he grabbed his left leg halfway down the first base line.

He was thrown out easily and gingerly made his way to the dugout before being replaced by Josh Rutledge.

Angels add closer

The Angels acquired all-star closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott from the Padres for minor-leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon, and Elliot Morris in a trade late Friday night.

Street (1-0) has 24 saves in 25 opportunities and a 1.09 ERA in 33 games this season.

- Wire reports

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