TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter plans to be in the Yankees' lineup playing shortstop on Saturday against the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field, marking his first defensive duty in consecutive games.
Jeter went 1-for-3 as the Yanks' shortstop in Friday's 7-3 win over the Marlins, playing five innings in the field and fielding three balls, including a soft Austin Kearns liner on which he was able to double off Kevin Kouzmanoff at first base.
"It's good. Honestly, it's just like any other Spring Training," Jeter said. "When you go out there and you start, you hope you get more ground balls and more action as you move along."
Jeter raised some eyebrows when he slid well short of second base on a third-inning fielder's choice, but said it had nothing to do with avoiding contact on his surgically repaired left ankle.
"I always do that, because [Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria] was at second base and I was halfway there," Jeter said. "A lot of guys peel off. I just slide."