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Jeter gets scheduled day off for Yanks

Jeter gets scheduled day off

TORONTO -- Lou Gehrig's all-time Yankees hits mark may be safe until next week.

Derek Jeter enjoyed a scheduled day off on Friday as the Yankees played the second game of a four-game weekend series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter slightly jammed his right pinky finger diving for a fourth-inning Aaron Hill grounder in Thursday's 10-5 victory, but that was not the reason the 35-year-old shortstop was out of New York's lineup. Girardi plotted out all of his lineups earlier this week in Baltimore.

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"I would play him tonight if I needed him, but he has a scheduled day off," Girardi said.

With 2,713 career hits, Jeter needs eight more to tie the Iron Horse's club record of 2,721. Unless he achieves it with two big games in Toronto, Jeter will likely set the mark in front of a home crowd, as New York opens a homestand on Monday with a Labor Day doubleheader against the Rays.

Nick Swisher was also out of the lineup on Friday as the Bombers prepared to face right-hander Roy Halladay, with Eric Hinske playing right field. Girardi said that designated hitter Hideki Matsui would get a day off Saturday on the artificial turf.

In Jeter's place, the Yankees started rookie utility infielder Ramiro Pena, who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a third stint with the club when rosters expanded to 40 players on Tuesday.

"He played extremely well for us when he was here both times, and it's good to see him out there," Girardi said.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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