Jeter in lineup despite tight hamstring

Jeter in lineup despite tight hamstring

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter was back in his characteristic spot at the top of the Yankees' starting lineup against the Orioles on Tuesday, one day after leaving in the seventh inning of an 11-2 win over the Indians with tightness in his left hamstring.

Jeter had been hit by a pitch on the left hamstring earlier in the game, and manager Joe Girardi said it simply stiffened up on the shortstop over the course of the game.

"It felt fine -- it was like when you get hit by a pitch anytime," Jeter said on Tuesday, adding that he had never been hit by a pitch in that spot before. "I probably got hit because I was taking a pitch, so I was just standing there, and I didn't know how to get out of the way. That's the extent of it."

Girardi said he checked with the trainers and with Jeter early Tuesday afternoon and had no qualms putting his shortstop right back in the lineup.

"To have a guy like that who you know you can pencil in that many times -- you know who your leadoff hitter is every day -- it's a luxury not having to mix the lineup to fill that void," Girardi said.

Jeter has also broken out of his slump, having collected at least two hits in five straight games and seven of his past eight entering Tuesday. In those eight contests, Jeter hit .486, and his average has climbed back over .300 for the first time since May 8.

Jeter's third-inning ground-rule double down the left-field line on Tuesday night moved him out of a tie with Bernie Williams and into sole possession of second place on the Yankees' all-time doubles list. It was the 450th two-bagger of the shortstop's career.

Jeter now trails only Lou Gehrig, who registered 534 doubles during his time in pinstripes. Jeter passed Gehrig for the most hits in Yankees history last September and currently sits fourth in franchise history in total bases.