Yanks’ Jeter hits two homeruns


Derek Jeter made a loud statement with his bat on Saturday to quiet all the media critics and baseball fans, who were questioning out loud, whether age has robbed him of his once fearful power stroke. Even though Jeter will be an automatic hall of famer, that hasn’t stopped the New York Yankees shortstop from being scrutinized for what has been the past two years. While it’s true that, the soon to be, 37 year-old has slipped both defensively and offensively, he showed on Sunday afternoon, against the Texas Rangers, that he’s still more than capable of dominating with the bat. Entering play with a mediocre .256 average Jeter banged out four hits, including two homeruns, to pace the Yankees to a 12-5 pasting of the Rangers. Jeter, who raised his average from .256 to .276, connected in the fifth inning for his first homerun since August 24 of last year. In his next at bat, Jeter, who had three RBI’s on the day, hit another homerun, which was followed by Curtis Granderson, who went back to back. The victory gave the American League Eastern leaders a 3-4 record on their just completed seven game trip. “It’s not what you look for when you leave,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “But 3-4 is a lot better than 2-5.” The Yankees, who uncharacteristically made four errors in this game, pulled away with the lead, when in the seventh inning they got a grand slam from Francisco Cervelli and a two run shot from first baseman Mark Teixeira. The best news for Yankees management, and fans alike, isn’t that they overcame an early 4-0 deficit to win, but that their captain, Derek Jeter, has once again showed that he still has that power stroke. “When you look up and down our averages, he’s one of the higher ones and he seems to be the hot button every day that we always talk about,” Girardi said. “I thought he hit the ball hard in Detroit and he’s hit the ball hard here in Texas. He’s swinging the bat better.”


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