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Derek Jeter plays five innings in spring debut

Feb 27, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

Derek Jeter AP

After coming out to a standing ovation, Derek Jeter went 0-for-2 Thursday in the first appearance of his farewell season.

Jeter, who announced his retirement earlier this month, played his scheduled five innings at shortstop before leaving the game against the Pirates. He grounded into a double play his first time up against sinkerballer Charlie Morton and grounded out to third versus left-hander Jeff Locke in his second plate appearance, but he ran well both times. Jeter was limited to 17 games by leg injuries last year after breaking his ankle in the 2012 postseason.

Jeter hit second behind Brett Gardner in this one. He’s expected to remain in that spot in the regular season, though he’ll be batting behind Jacoby Ellsbury most of the time then.

  1. yankeefan1950 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Jeter grounding into a double play – he’s in mid-season form!

    • 18thstreet - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      He does it the right way.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        The Captain doesn’t need PEDs to get his outs.

  2. bronxbomber213 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Just making it through without a hitch is good enough for me!!

  3. cackalackyank - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Its real early in the Spring for old bones that haven’t seen a lot of time on the field in @ 18 months. No worries.

  4. apkyletexas - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Nice to see my guys Morton and Locke getting out a living legend. Nice 8-2 win, good to see Polanco going deep. Raise the Jolly Roger!

  5. jfk69 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Gardner on first and Jeter doesn’t bunt. Hmm. That ankle must be feeling real good.
    Gardner still deciding when to steal a base.

  6. musketmaniac - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    were going to raise that Jolly Roger so much it’s going to wear out the honor gaurd

  7. musketmaniac - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:27 PM


  8. strictlythedanks - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM


    • ezthinking - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      Yeah, Morton suuuuckkss.

  9. musketmaniac - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    just watched the replay. some young guys looked good. But the best eye test was Lambo at first. He made a few above average plays. If he and gabby start fast does that end negotiations with Morales, or just cost him money.

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