Jeter pulls himself from All-Star game

By the Associated Press | July 8, 2011 | 4:44 PM EDT

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter grounds out to end the baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Tampa Bay won 5-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter has pulled himself from the All-Star game.

The New York Yankees' shortstop says he wants to rest while coming back from a strained calf. He was elected by fans to start for the American League.

Jeter is two hits from 3,000 going into Friday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Jeter has been moved down from the leadoff slot and will bat second against the Rays. He is in a 4-for-18 rut since coming off the disabled list last week.

Rookie Jeremy Hellickson was ready to pitch for the Rays. Maybe this is an omen: Hellickson's pet dog is named Jeter. Hellickson grew up rooting for Jeter, and named his Yorkie after the Yankees star.