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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
After playing in stadium finale, Jeter sits out with hand injury

Associated Press

TORONTO -- Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees' game against Toronto because of a sore left hand on Tuesday night.

Johnny Damon dropped from first to second and Brett Gardner moved up from ninth to bat leadoff. Cody Ransom started at shortstop and batted eighth.

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The Yankees used Jeter as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning of their 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.

On Saturday, Jeter was replaced by a pinch runner after being hit in the hand by a pitch from Baltimore reliever Jim Miller in the ninth inning. The shortstop was asked after the game whether anything could keep him out of Sunday's Yankee Stadium finale.

"Probably not," Jeter said. "Regardless, I could probably just go out there and do something, stand there and take some pitches. But no, I'm going to play tomorrow."

Jeter started and went 0-for-5 Sunday, grounding out to third to end the eighth for the final New York out. He was replaced in the ninth inning, then delivered a speech to fans after New York's 7-3 victory.

Jeter, who was hit on the left hand by Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera on May 20, is batting .301 with 11 homers and 69 RBIs in 148 games. He finished with 1,274 hits at Yankee Stadium, the most in team history. He set the mark by passing Lou Gehrig (1,269) on Sept. 16.

Right-hander Phil Hughes will make his second start Wednesday since being recalled from Triple-A Scranton Sept. 13. Hughes started the season winless in six starts before suffering a stress fracture in his rib in late April. He missed most of the season.

"I really felt like I would have gotten out of it, it's just the injury held me back," Hughes said. "I never really got an opportunity to dig myself out of that hole."

Hughes, 0-4 with a 7.96 ERA, allowed one run and four hits in four innings against the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 17, his first start since April 29.

"It would be great to get him a win because we need wins," manager Joe Girardi said, "but I don't think it's going to change his mind set."

Hughes is expected to pitch in the Arizona Fall League following the end of the regular season.