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Derek Jeter in Yankees lineup at Cleveland

CLEVELAND – Sensing his 3,000th hit is within striking distance, Derek Jeter talked his way back into the Yankees lineup on Wednesday, and he may remain there until the milestone is in the books.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi had been strongly considering resting Jeter for the series finale against the Indians. But after a conversation, Girardi penciled Jeter’s name back into the leadoff spot, playing shortstop.

“His [concern] was how much I’ve been playing, just coming back,” Jeter said. “I told him I was fine and that was pretty much the extent of it.”

Girardi said that he spoke to Jeter after Tuesday’s 9-2 victory at Progressive Field, and later exchanged text messages at the team hotel with the captain, carrying through on his promise to sleep on the decision. Ultimately, Girardi found himself changing his mind.

“What I realized is, none of us know what it’s like to be close to 3,000 hits,” Girardi said. “We don’t know what’s going through his mind. I just started thinking, you know, maybe it’s a lot worse if you’re sitting around thinking about it.”

Jeter went 2-for-6 in Tuesday’s victory, notching a single and a two-run double, and needs four hits to become the 28th player in Major League history to reach the 3,000 plateau.

He is 5-for-12 in his career against Indians starter Justin Masterson, but even his teammates believed Jeter was a lock to get Wednesday off.

Alex Rodriguez wandered by the lineup card posted in the visiting clubhouse and did a double-take, asking a bystander, “He talked his way in?”

“If I had 500 hits, I’d still be wanting to play,” Jeter said. “This isn’t the first time I’ve done it. I used to do the same thing with Mr. T (Joe Torre) when he tried to take me out. I like to play.”

Girardi said he spoke with head athletic trainer Gene Monahan, who assured the manager that Jeter’s right calf has held up well through the two games against Cleveland following two Minor League rehabilitation games.

Additionally, Girardi said that he has sensed the pursuit of 3,000 hits has been weighing on Jeter, and said he could decide to play Jeter in each of the club’s upcoming four games against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

“We want to get over with,” Girardi said. “I know he wants to get through it so he can just be Derek again. You don’t want it to carry over to the All-Star break and you don’t want it to go on the road trip.”

 

Jeter logs hits No. 2,995 & 2,996

CLEVELAND – Derek Jeter legged out an infield single in his first at-bat on Tuesday, belted a two-run double in his second at-bat and now needs four hits to join the 3,000 hits club.

Leading off for the Yankees against Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, Jeter chopped a slow bouncing ball that third baseman Orlando Cabrera charged but couldn’t handle in time to make a throw.

With two outs in the second inning, Jeter ripped a two-run double to center field, driving in Jorge Posada and Francisco Cervelli to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Jeter’s hits were his first since being activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, when he went 0-for-4 in New York’s 6-3 loss to Cleveland at Progressive Field.

The Yankees have one more game remaining in Cleveland on Wednesday before returning home to Yankee Stadium for a four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays that opens on Thursday.

Game 84: Yankees at Indians

It’s a steamy summer night here in Cleveland as the Yankees send ace CC Sabathia to the mound against his former club, which counters with Carlos Carrasco here under the lights.

Isn’t it funny that Sabathia said that he was more nervous in his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers, a blip on his career radar, than at any point facing the Tribe? Of course, both of those uniforms are well behind Sabathia, who probably should have been an All-Star this year but instead went down as a notable snub.

“I think CC has enough motivation all the time when he goes out there, but it could [motivate him],” manager Joe Girardi said. “He might want to show people, I’m the league leader in wins and I belong on the All-Star team, but I don’t think CC ever gets caught up in that.”

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (50-33)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada 1B
Brett Gardner LF
Francisco Cervelli C

Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP (11-4, 3.05)

INDIANS (45-38)
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana 1B
Orlando Cabrera 3B
Grady Sizemore CF
Austin Kearns RF
Cord Phelps 2B
Lou Marson C

Pitching: Carlos Carrasco RHP (8-4, 3.54)

Game 83: Yankees at Indians

It’s a pleasant, breezy night here in Cleveland as the Yankees come to town for a three-game series, the second leg of a six-game trip after crossing borough lines to take two of three from the Mets at Citi Field.

And this one, as if you didn’t already know, is all about Derek Jeter. The captain is back in the lineup tonight, batting leadoff and playing shortstop, as his chase for 3,000 hits resumes. It’ll be his first Major League action since June 13, also against the Indians, and Jeter says that six hits away doesn’t feel particularly close.

“It’s been three weeks inbetween hits,” Jeter said. “It doesn’t really [feel close] right now because my focus has been on trying to get back.”

Jeter draws Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin, against whom he’s 2-for-6 lifetime. Meanwhile, the Yankees look for a strong and long outing from A.J. Burnett, who has won two of his last three starts.

“We need some distance out of him, because our bullpen has been used a lot lately,” Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees optioned outfielder Chris Dickerson to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, clearing a spot for Jeter on the active roster. Girardi said that Eduardo Nunez’s slight hamstring issue wouldn’t force him to the DL, but it seems to have kept Ramiro Pena around for a little bit longer.

Here are tonight’s lineups:

YANKEES (50-32)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (8-6, 4.05)

INDIANS (44-38)
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana C
Grady Sizemore CF
Orlando Cabrera 2B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Shelley Duncan 1B
Austin Kearns RF

Pitching: Josh Tomlin RHP (9-4, 3.86)

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