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Jeter staying back and staying productive

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 16, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The scoreboard in Kansas City is big and bright, and Derek Jeter lost the ball last night. He’d driven a ball to right-center, and when he could no longer see it, Jeter decided to run until someone told him to stop.

His two-run triple was the biggest hit of the night.

“I thought it was important that we responded right then,” Joe Girardi said. “Because we hadn’t scored since the second inning, and we got some big hits. A real big one from Jeet.”

Jeter’s been doing that for more than a month now. The numbers suggest a significant improvement since his return from the disabled list, and the naked-eye evidence suggests the same. The Yankees shortstop just seems to be driving the ball a little more often, going into the gap more than he was in the first half.

“Staying back,” Jeter said. “Stay back better and obviously you’re going to drive balls more. That’s what I’ve been doing since I’ve been back, so I just want it to continue.”

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