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Jeter in Wednesday lineup

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice prior to the game against the Cleveland Indians. (July 5, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Tuesday night Joe Girardi sounded as if his mind was all but made up -- Derek Jeter would sit Wednesday night's series finale against the Indians.

But after sleeping on it, Girardi chose to put Jeter in the lineup, giving the shortstop, who is at 2,996 hits, a chance to reach 3,000 hits in Cleveland. Jeter will start at short and lead off.

“He always asks me to sleep on it,” Girardi said after Tuesday's game of giving Jeter days off. “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 here [counting Trenton]. Where do you give him the day off in that situation? It’s something we’ll talk about it. I’ll sleep on it and I’ll give him an answer."

Jeter made clear his thought.

“I’d like to play tomorrow,” he said.

Wish granted.

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