Jeter hit second the only other time he started and did not lead off, which was also against the Mariners. Ichiro Suzuki led off that game.
Manager Joe Girardi said he made the decision to avoid stacking left-handed hitters in his lineup, a problem that arises without Alex Rodriguez in the middle of the order.
The game marked the 2,529th game of Jeter's career, moving him past Ernie Banks for sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time games played list among players who spent their entire career with one team. Jeter led off 928 of those games and hit second in 1,307.