Derek Jeter didn’t even consider the possibility that John Lackey hit him intentionally to lead off the sixth inning. Even though Andy Pettitte an inning before had beaned Kevin Youkilis. After Jeter was hit, both benches were warned, which Joe Girardi didn't feel was necessary.
“I didn’t think twice about it,” Jeter said. “I don’t see why he would. In a one run game?”
Jeter said he and Youkilis had joked the inning before.
“When he got hit in the head he said they were going to hit me,” Jeter said. “He was joking around and then…he [Lackey] hit me.”
Yes, Jeter said the last part with a smile.
After Pettitte got out of that fifth inning by striking out David Ortiz he exchanged words with Victor Martinez, who was on second and was headed to third on the 3-and-2 pitch to Ortiz. The two talked briefly as Martinez was going across the field to the Boston dugout it was far from heated. The opposite, Pettitte said.
“I just told him, ‘tell Youk, my bad on that ball.’ I just yelled to him to tell Youkilis that,” Pettitte said.
Jeter was thrilled that Curtis Granderson, and Chan Ho Park for that matter, came through in big spots tonight. Granderson hit the homer off Jonathan Papelbon and Park pitched three scoreless innings after Pettitte went six.
“Those guys, everyone wants to talk about expectations, you don’t want them to try and do anything they haven’t done,” Jeter said. “You just want them to continue playing the way they’ve been playing and those guys are going to help us during the course of the year and they showed it today.”
Park called Sunday night a “nightmare” and was happy for his night of redemption.
“Some days you’re going to fail, some days you’re going to have a hard time but you have to bounce back like I did today,” Park said. “I feel good, I pitched three innings. It was awesome.”
And with that, off to Tampa tomorrow. Talk to you from there.