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For Jeter and the Yankees, this is just fine

Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:06 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 11:46 pm
 
CLEVELAND -- For all the theories and all the questions, this is working out just fine for Derek Jeter and the Yankees.

Three hits away from 3,000. Four home games in which to get them.

At this point, it's no more complicated than that.

There's no more need to discuss whether he should or shouldn't play. There's no real need to spend this weekend talking about his future.

To do something special -- to become the first Yankee ever with 3,000 hits, and just the second player in baseball history to get there while still playing shortstop -- Jeter no longer needs to do anything special.

He just needs three hits in four games, all against the Rays, after he just got three hits in three games against the Indians. He needs three hits in something like 16 at-bats, which is a .188 batting average.

Even Jeter's biggest critics would admit he can do that.

If he doesn't, it's not like it's a disaster. Jeter would simply take the chase for 3,000 to Toronto after the All-Star break. Not ideal, but not a disaster.

"Let's just hope he gets all three [Thursday]," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who made the right move by playing Jeter Wednesday night against the Indians, and was rewarded with a 1-for-3 night. Jeter doubled in the eighth inning, the only extra-base hit (and one of just three hits total) that the Yankees had off Justin Masterson in a 5-3 loss.

Jeter talked his way into Wednesday's lineup, and by the time he was done talking, Girardi had backed off the idea of resting his 37-year-old shortstop and basically committed to play him in every game -- at least until he gets to 3,000.

"Pursuing 3,000 hits, maybe he really doesn't want a day off to think about it," Girardi said.

Jeter, of course, never wants a day off. He didn't want to go on the disabled list, even with a calf injury that would eventually cost him three weeks. He didn't want a day off Wednesday.

"I want to play," he said, repeating a line he has used many more than 3,000 times.

He does seem to like the idea of getting his 3,000th hit at Yankee Stadium, which isn't exactly shocking.

"I would anticipate [the crowd] being pretty animated," he said Wednesday night.

Thursday, Jeter will face Jeff Niemann, a pitcher he has had success against (five hits in nine at-bats) in his career. Then it's Jeremy Hellickson (Jeter is 1-for-2 against him), David Price (6-for-25) and James Shields (17-for-54).

And Jeter needs three hits. It's not like he needs three hits in each game.

Three hits, a celebration, and then we'll all move on to something else -- as will Jeter.

"He wants to go on being Derek Jeter, not Derek Jeter pursuing 3,000," Girardi said.

Three more hits, and he can do that. Three hits in four games.

It's no more complicated than that.





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