Derek Jeter continued his resurgence, going 2 for 4 after going 4 for 6 in Texas Sunday. This was actually his season-high third straight multi-hit game. His average is up to .283. He had a two-out RBI single in the third inning of this 3-1 over the Royals.
But ask him about all this at your own risk. The Captain wasn’t happy when a reporter threw a question at him about his hitting again.
“I’ve talked so much about it,” Jeter said. “I’m not talking anymore. I’ve told you guys the more comfortable you are, the better you see the ball. The better at-bats you have, the results will be there. But it’s been dissected enough.”
Alex Rodriguez had just one hit in four at-bats, but it was the clutch two-out, two-run tiebreaking single with the bases loaded in the fifth. He broke an 0-for-10 skid with runners in scoring position.
“I’m in an RBI position,” Rodriguez said. “I want to not only gets hits but drive the ball, doubles, home runs.”
A-Rod is still just hitting .175 with no homers since April 23.
“He’s still not perfect,” Joe Girardi said. “But RBI guys find ways to drive in runs.”
As someone who has gotten on Joba Chamberlain at times for his inconsistency, I must say the guy looked great in this game, throwing a 1-2-3 eighth with Rafael Soriano unavailable due to a sore elbow. Chamberlain hit 98 on the gun when he got Alex Gordon looking. Joba talked about his mechanical changes for this season. He starts his hands lower, just like he did when he first came up. His ERA is down to 3.18 after 17 appearances.
“You’re just starting to see his stuff coming back to what it was,” Girardi said.
David Robertson did a great job as well, striking out two with the bases loaded in the seventh. He has a knack for the great escape. Joba labeled him “Houdini.”
Freddy Garcia evened his record at 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.61. Pretty good for a fifth starter. He allowed one run and six hits over six-plus, looking like his typically crafty self along the way.
“For me, I have to throw strikes,” Garcia said. “I don’t have the power anymore.”
Wednesday night’s matchup will feature A.J. Burnett and Vin Mazzaro in his first big-league game of the season.