Jeter to play in back-to-back games

March, 3, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter is scheduled to play back-to-back games for the first time this spring.

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Brian Blanco/Getty ImagesJeter's still searching for his first hit of the spring, but Joe Girardi doesn't sound concerned.
He'll play Tuesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field after playing Monday, when he made a throwing error in the sixth inning and went 0-for-3.

Jeter is 0-for-7 overall, but manager Joe Girardi remains happy with Jeter's progress. "Pretty good," Girardi said. "I am pleased with what he is doing."

Girardi originally said Jeter would play shortstop Tuesday, but later, through a spokesman, explained he misspoke and Jeter was always scheduled to DH.

Part of the reason Jeter is playing Tuesday is that he is not making either of the road trips the following two days.

BIG THURSDAY: Girardi confirmed that Mark Teixeira will make his spring debut Thursday in Clearwater against the Phillies. Alfonso Soriano (flu-like symptoms) is also expected to start for the first time, the manager said. Masahiro Tanaka will be on the mound.

SUPER NOVA: Ivan Nova threw three perfect innings Monday, striking out four and throwing strikes on 31 of his 36 pitches.

"I love where he is at right now," Girardi said.

After Nova was done with his economical three innings, he had to throw 10 more pitches in the bullpen in order to reach his prescribed quota for the day.

Nova could start the third game of the regular season to split up Hiroki Kuroda and Tanaka. Both Japanese starters throw splitters, so it may not be ideal for them to pitch back-to-back.

D-ROB DEBUTS: David Robertson threw a scoreless inning Monday.

"It was a decent outing," Robertson said. "My velocity was good."
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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HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146