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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Jeter: I'm rusty, but that's normal

By Andrew Marchand

TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter said he feels a little rusty so far this spring, but it's nothing out of the ordinary.

"Every person does," Jeter said in a quiet clubhouse Wednesday as he and nearly all the regulars stayed behind instead of making the three-hour round trip to Port Charlotte to face the Rays. "Every spring, that's what spring training is for, to play the games and get back into a schedule."

Jeter is 0-for-9 and has hit into three double plays thus far. It is early in spring training, and nine at-bats is a small sample size, so it is way too early to be concerned. Jeter, for one, isn't.

"Now, you just want to see pitches," Jeter said. "I don't really concern myself with results after nine at-bats in spring training."

Jeter drove the ball in batting practice Wednesday, knocking pitches from Butch Wynegar with authority. In the games, he has yet to reach the outfield. Jeter is moving much better in the field than he did last year when he never fully recovered from breaking his ankle in the 2012 ALCS.

"I feel good," Jeter said. "Everything I've done ... physically is right where it would normally be in terms of spring training. You know you get your normal soreness."

Jeter, 39, said when he announced his retirement that he wants to soak in the season a bit more than ever before. Has he done it so far?

"I'm having fun," Jeter said. "I'm enjoying it, each and every day. I'm having fun; especially since last year I missed most of it."

Jeter is scheduled to play Thursday in Clearwater against the Philadelphia Phillies.