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Jeter hoping big day is start of hot streak

Jeter hoping big day is start of hot streak

Jeter hoping big day is start of hot streak
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter went to sleep after leaving Yankee Stadium on Saturday as the newest member of the 3,000-hit club.

"Not too much, because I've got to play today," Jeter said of Saturday night's celebration. "I don't really recover like I used to. I was just with family and friends."

Jeter was back in his familiar shortstop and leadoff roles on Sunday against the Rays, something he knew he would be doing after Saturday's game, given the status of Alex Rodriguez -- out with a torn meniscus in his right knee -- and Nick Swisher, who again got the day off to rest his sore left quad.

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Jeter also knew he would be a lot more relaxed after recording the milestone hit, and he is looking at his 5-for-5 performance on Saturday as something to build off.

"No question," Jeter said. "Like I said yesterday, I feel like I've been swinging the bat pretty good since I've been back. That's not always the case, because the pitchers aren't just throwing the ball down the middle and saying 'Go ahead, get a hit.' But any time you feel good, you want it to continue for as long as you can."

Jeter, who will not go to the All-Star Game, heard from ex-teammates and baseball legends alike on Saturday, with Cardinals legend Stan Musial being among the most surprising of people to reach out to him.

Manager Joe Girardi gave Jeter the lineup card from Saturday's game, and replicas were in front of each player's locker Sunday.

Jeter had not yet heard from the National Baseball Hall of Fame but planned to keep most of the memorabilia from Saturday.

"I have a lot of stuff, or I should say my parents have a lot of stuff," Jeter said. "They have gotten most of it throughout the years, so I hope they will give it back to me one day. They have most of the stuff now."

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