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Yankees third baseman Eduardo Nunez bobbles the ball

Yankees third baseman Eduardo Nunez bobbles the ball hit by Blue Jays' J.P. Arencibia for an error during the first inning. (July 14, 2011) Credit: AP

TORONTO -- Joe Girardi refused to bury Bartolo Colon after the righty’s wretched two-thirds of an inning Thursday night and he also excused Eduardo Nunez too.

The Yankees manager highlighted the infielder’s lack of minor-league experience on artificial turf as a defense for Nunez’s misplay on a J.P. Arencibia’s chopper to third, which allowed an additional five runs to score in an eight-run first inning for the Blue Jays.

Nunez, who will be Alex Rodriguez’s fulltime fill-in over the next four to six weeks, admitted his confidence waned earlier in the season when he made “like six errors in two games with [A.J.] Burnett in Detroit and CC [Sabathia] at home.” But now, he feels great, he said, and is looking to use Rodriguez’s absence as a chance to show he belongs in the Majors – and on the Yankees.

“I feel ready,” said Nunez, who has a team-high 11 errors. “I have my confidence back. Making errors is part of the game, you know? If you’re not making errors, you’re not playing.”

The infielder also dropped a fly ball off the bat of Adam Lind in the second inning, but Nunez -- who was Derek Jeter's stand-in while the Captain was on the disabled list earlier this month -- was not charged with an error. Asked if he’s feeling any pressure to replace Rodriguez, Nunez said: “No, no, no. I feel it’s another opportunity to show I can play third base too. I’ll be fine. I feel good. Just keep working.”

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