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Girardi on Nunez: “We’ll try to keep him going”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Until yesterday, Eduardo Nunez had never been to Citi Field, but his teammates had some advice about the way he should try to hit in this spacious ballpark.

“A lot of guys tell me, ‘Nunez, keep the ball down. You can’t hit a home run in this field,'” he said. “When the ball went out, I started laughing a little bit. I told Robbie, I told you I can hit a home run here.”

Nunez is 7-for-8 in the past two days. It’s been enough to raise his season average from .234 to .278. He has five multi-hit games since Derek Jeter went on the disabled list, and Joe Girardi said he wants to find ways to get Nunez somewhat regular at-bats even after Jeter comes off the DL.

“We would continue to try to get him at-bats,” Girardi said. “That’s what we need to do. Start maybe giving Robbie a day off every once in a while in some of these long stretches, and Jeet now, but (Nunez) is playing extremely well, and we’ll try to keep him going.”

Until these past two days, Nunez was hitting .255/.309/.353 since stepping into the everyday lineup. Now that Nunez has gotten hot, are the Yankees going to be a better team with Jeter at shortstop?

“Nuney has played well,” Girardi said. “But Derek’s the shortstop. He’s been the shortstop for a long time and has been a great player and he’s still a great player and we’re looking forward to getting him back.”

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