The Captain Ks with a chance to win it

October, 4, 2011
10/04/11
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With the Yankees down a run in the top of the ninth, Derek Jeter stepped to the plate against a wild Jose Valverde. Valverde had already walked two Yankees, which put two men on with two outs for Jeter to be a hero.

Jeter swung hard at the first pitch.

"If I didn’t swing at it it was a strike anyway," Jeter said. "My approach stays the same."

He fouled it off.

He then worked the count to 2-2 before swinging and missing a 94-MPH fastball. About a half hour after, Jeter said he was already moving on.

"I don’t have a choice," Jeter said. "That’s pretty much it. It’s over with, done with, you want to get a hit but it didn’t happen. We play again in a few hours so you have to have a very short memory."

What's the attitude down 2-1 in the series?

"Nothing changes," Jeter said. "Come out here ready to play and win a game. We’ve won a game before so nothing changes."

Jeter also didn't come through in the seventh. After the Yankees tied the game on a Brett Gardner's RBI double, Jeter came up with a chance to give the Yankees the lead, but struck out against Justin Verlander.

Jeter is 4-for-15 (.267) in the series.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146