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Jeter expresses love for the city of Toronto

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TORONTO -- Derek Jeter's farewell tour continued Friday when the Yankees made their final visit of the 2014 regular season to Toronto, marking the last time the shortstop will play at Rogers Centre.

Rogers Centre is the first of four American League East parks that Jeter will bid goodbye to in the coming weeks, as the Yankees still have road games remaining against the Rays, Orioles and Red Sox in September.

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Jeter has enjoyed plenty of success north of the border, entering Friday's contest with the most hits (163), runs scored (91), and games played (130) at Rogers Centre by any visiting player.

"I love the city of Toronto," Jeter said before a large media scrum ahead of Friday's game. "This team's given us fits throughout the years, especially here."

When Jeter was asked if there was a memorable moment that sticks out over the 20 years he's played in Toronto, he referenced a play which cost him six weeks in 2003.

"The first thing I think about is dislocating my shoulder at third base," Jeter said. "I don't know if that's a good thing, but I've always enjoyed coming to Toronto."

It was Opening Day 2003 when Jeter slid headfirst into third base and Toronto catcher Ken Huckaby crushed his shoulder on the play. Jeter attempted to go first to third on an infield grounder and Huckaby collided with him as he raced to cover an unoccupied third base. The shortstop was down in agony and out until the middle of May with a dislocated left shoulder.

But Jeter didn't dwell on the infamous moment Friday, focusing instead on his team's chances of staying in the playoff hunt and fielding questions on his upcoming retirement.

Jeter was also very appreciative of Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, who showered him with praise earlier in the week, saying fans come to the ballpark to see the Yankees great.

"Any time you have guys you play against that say nice things about you, it makes you feel good," Jeter said. "I've always tried to be respectful of everyone I played against. For someone to say kind things, especially someone that's competing against you, I appreciate it.

"This year I've heard a lot of great things from opposing players."

Jeter, who entered the weekend series in Toronto with a .304/.367/.427 career batting line at Rogers Centre, received a standing ovation in his first at-bat Friday.

Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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