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Derek Jeter reaches 200 hits for eighth time in his career

Derek Jeter follows through on a first-inning base

Derek Jeter follows through on a first-inning base hit against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 19, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Derek Jeter isn’t 100 percent but as he likes to say, no one is this time of year.

And so, still dealing with a bone bruise in his left ankle that kept him from playing the field since leaving a Sept. 12 game in Boston, Jeter was back at short for the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

In his first at-bat, Jeter singled to center for his 200th hit of the season. Jeter has eight 200-hit seasons, tying him with Lou Gehrig for the most in franchise history.

“I saw him yesterday [Monday] and he said he felt a lot better,” Joe Girardi said Wednesday morning in announcing his plan to play Jeter in the field the second game. “So I’m hoping even another night [Tuesday’s rain out] would help it more.”

Jeter did not play in the first game, a 4-2 victory, but Girardi said had Blue Jays lefty Ricky Romero started that game, Jeter would have been in the lineup and sat the second game instead. 

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