Derek Jeter has basically ditched the no-stride approach he and Kevin Long worked on the latter part of last season and throughout spring training. This is not news as that's been in the works for several weeks.
But Jeter told CC Sabathia in recent days he felt really good at the plate and he finished this road trip on a high note, blasting two home runs and going 4-for-6. Jeter had two hits to open the trip in Detroit Monday and finished the week 11-for-28.
“Everybody needs a day like this, regardless of if you’re swinging well or you’re not swinging well,” Jeter said. “I told you, I just want to be comfortable and if you’re comfortable the hits will come.”
Jeter has been putting in extra time with hitting coach Kevin Long and Long said it was important for the results to eventually show.
“If you don’t get some rewards and you don’t reap the benefits every once in a while, this game, it wears on you,” Long said. “For him to obviously see some reward for what he did is nice. It’s a good feeling.”
Joe Girardi couldn't have been happier.
"I said to K-Long in the dugout, we're going to have to talk about him again," Girardi said of his thought after Jeter's first home run.
Jeter, of course, has been a hot topic all season, primarily regarding the possibility of having to drop him in the order.
"Everyone needs a good day," Girardi said. "I don't care what profession you're in, we all need good days."
*** Girardi talked to his team afterward about their sloppy play of late -- four errrors Sunday gave the Yankees nine in the last four games.
"We’re a much better defensive team than we played this week and our club knows that,” Girardi said.
Sunday was the first time the Yankees won a game while making four errors since a 13-inning victory April 14, 2007 at Oakland. Their last nine-inning victory while making that many errors was July 17, 2006 vs. the Mariners.