Girardi: Jeter not going anywhere

September, 1, 2010
9/01/10
8:04
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Joe Girardi was asked before the game if he was considering moving Derek Jeter, hitting nearly 50 points below his career average of .314 and mired in an 0-for-12 slump, down in the Yankee lineup.
"I don't really see it happening,'' Girardi said. "We still see him as a top of the order guy.''
And while the manager acknowledged the dropoff in Jeter's batting average "is significant,'' he didn;t think his performance warranted a swing makeover by hitting coach Kevin Long, a la Curtis Granderson. "It's not like he's hitting .230 or something,'' Girardi said. "I know we’re used to seeing him hit .310, .320., but some years just aren’t as good as others. But when you have a bit of a down year and you;re older, peoples' eyebrows raise.
"But I gotta tell you, in tough situations I like having him up there.''
In his first at-bat of the night, Jeter rewarded his manager's faith in him with a single, breaking his hitless streak and setting up the first run of the game on Mark Teixeira's double.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.286 14 64 64
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 64
RB. Gardner 79
OPSJ. Ellsbury .778
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAH. Kuroda 3.88
SOM. Tanaka 135