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Jeter praises Rivera, jokes about his age

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PANAMA CITY (AP) -- New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is praising Mariano Rivera for his stellar career and calling him old in pregame banter that drew laughter at a news conference in Panama City.

Jeter says he is happy the team is back in Panama for the first time since the 1940s when he says Rivera was a child.

Jeter made a crack about major league baseball coming to Panama ''for the first time since 1946, back when Mo was a young child.''

The Yankees actually visited Panama in 1947, when they played against the then Brooklyn Dodgers. Rivera was born 22 years later.

Rivera says he will dedicate the exhibition games to the Panamanian people. Rivera spent his entire 19-year career in the major leagues the Yankees.

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