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Yanks give Jeter day off in opener with Jays

Yanks give Jeter day off in opener with Jays

TORONTO -- Derek Jeter received a rare day on the bench Monday, as the Yankees shortstop was given his first game off since the club's Aug. 5 off-day.

"Seventeen days in a row he's played," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "The man needs a day off. You hate to give him a day off, but we can't have him physically break down."

Jeter has five hits in his last 12 at-bats and was 7-for-27 on the homestand. He was replaced at shortstop by rookie Eduardo Nunez.

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