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Hurdle has nothing but praise for Jeter

NEW YORK -- The Pirates did not give Derek Jeter a farewell gift before Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium, but manager Clint Hurdle praised Jeter, who will finish his 19-year career at the end of this season. Hurdle said the player that most resembled Jeter's career when he was a player was Tony Gwynn.

Hurdle said he has been particularly impressed with the way Jeter has played the game with integrity. He also noted Jeter's durability in being able to play through the physical demands of each passing season.

"He's great," Hurdle said. "When you're good for a long time, that's how you establish greatness. He's continued to be good for a long time. He's been an anchor. The game will miss him. Hopefully, we have more of those coming. But we've lost a few that will be hard to replace -- and he'll be one of them."

Nate Taylor is a contributor to
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