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Jeter has two hits as Yankees rout Indians

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter watches his two-run

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter watches his two-run double off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the second inning in a baseball game in Cleveland. (July 5, 2011) Credit: AP

CLEVELAND -- Derek Jeter's historic hit almost certainly will take place at Yankee Stadium, which is just how the Yankees, and the Captain, want it.

Jeter picked up two hits Tuesday night, leaving him four shy of 3,000, in a 9-2 dismantling of the Indians at Progressive Field.

"I felt better today,'' said Jeter, who went 0-for-4 in his return Monday.

The shortstop has had four hits in a game twice this season, but Joe Girardi did everything but hold up a sign declaring "He's not playing tomorrow'' at his postgame news conference.

Jeter, of course, made clear his preference. "I'd like to play tomorrow,'' he said.

Girardi said he'll "sleep'' on the decision, though he insisted a call to rest Jeter is schedule related and not because everyone's best-case scenario is for No. 3,000 to occur at home.

"No one has ever said a word to me about where he needs to do it,'' Girardi said.

Although Jeter said he felt fine to play through the All-Star break, Girardi said he is going to get a day's rest at some point. Wednesday night appears to make the most sense.

The Yankees start a four-game series Thursday night against a division rival, the Rays, at the Stadium before heading into the break. If Jeter, picked Sunday for his 12th All-Star Game, were to play Wednesday night and in all four against the Rays, that would make nine straight games, including rehab starts Saturday and Sunday in Trenton.

"He always asks me to sleep on it,'' Girardi said of giving Jeter days off, which the 37-year-old rarely wants even when he's not coming off the disabled list.

"And I try to be fair with my players when they tell me to sleep on it. You have to think about it -- he's played four days in a row . Where do you give him the day off in that situation? It's something we'll talk about. I'll sleep on it and I'll give him an answer.''

What could make Girardi wake up and decide to put Jeter in tonight's lineup?

"I'm not real sure,'' he said.

Jeter, who went 2-for-6, led off the game with a hit on a slow roller that third baseman Orlando Cabrera couldn't pick up. Jeter drove in two runs with a double to the wall in left-center in a five-run second inning that blew the game open. He punctuated the hit with an enthusiastic clap upon reaching second, perhaps a reaction to what he called the "negativity" surrounding his chase.

Jeter had two of the Yankees' 17 hits, which included Curtis Granderson's 24th and 25th home runs, tying Mark Teixeira for second in the American League.

Granderson had three hits and Jeter, Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner each had two. CC Sabathia (12-4, 2.90 ERA) didn't allow a run in seven innings, giving up five hits. After striking out 13 Brewers in his previous start, Sabathia struck out 11 Indians.

Just about all of it was overshadowed by Jeter, something he's not comfortable with. But as he said, "I know how it works.''

How it looks as if it will work Wednesday is that Jeter will sit, something he thinks he's done far too much of lately.

"I've sat for three weeks,'' he said. "It would be hard to sit if I had no hits today and was six away, know what I mean? I want to play.''


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