Never mind teaching an old dog new tricks. Derek Jeter is up to his old ones. The soon to be 38-year-old Yankees shortstop is leading the Bombers regulars in hits (17), batting average (.378) and slugging percentage (.667). He’s tied for the most doubles (four) and homers (three). So the news of his demise might have been greatly exaggerated.
Last season he hit 24 doubles and six home runs all year. He also appeared in the fewest games (131) in his career. After a disappointing 2010 in which he batted a career-low .270, there were grumbles that Jeter was on the decline.
What’s different this year? Jeter seems to be injury free and worked hard over the off-season to show that his career is not yet over.
Jeter’s batting leadoff in front of Swisher and Granderson. While both of them are only batting .225, they have a combined 18 hits, four doubles, five homers and 17 RBI between them. After them come Cano and Rodriguez.
After an 0-3 start, the Yankees are at .500 heading into their second game with the Twins. Things seem to be humming along, which is good news for Jeter and the Yankees.
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Written by Stephanie Geosits