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With Beltran back in right, Jeter slotted at DH

With Beltran back in right, Jeter slotted at DH

ST. PETERSBURG -- Serving as the designated hitter is not Derek Jeter's favorite assignment in the lineup, but it's still preferable to a full day off for the Yankees captain.

Jeter was in the lineup as New York's DH for a second straight day on Sunday, with Stephen Drew filling in at shortstop. Carlos Beltran played a second game in right field, moving Martin Prado to second base.

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"I don't DH much," Jeter said. "You go in the cage between at-bats. That's about it. It's not something that I do a lot of. To be honest with you, I'm not sure how people do it. I just run out of things to do."

This marks Jeter's sixth game of the year as a DH, and the 63rd of his career.

"I'm not thinking too much of it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I figure it's a chance to do it. Turf can be rough on people. We're going to get into another long stretch, so I chose to do it that way."

Girardi said that having Beltran as an outfield option will increase the flexibility in assigning DH days, though he still will play Prado often in right field. There were days that Girardi wanted to give Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury DH days but wasn't able to.

"Now that we've got Carlos in the outfield, we could rotate the DH a little bit more," Girardi said. "I'll still DH Carlos plenty, but felt it was a chance to give Jeet a week where he could catch up."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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