Derek Jeter quit thinking about it and just started trying to hit the ball again. That philosophy is starting to pay off for the New York...
ARLINGTON, Texas — Derek Jeter quit thinking about it and just started trying to hit the ball again. That philosophy is starting to pay off for the New York Yankees and their much-scrutinized leadoff hitter.
Jeter homered twice after going 62 games without a long ball and finished with four hits to raise his batting average 20 points as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 12-5 on Sunday, winning two of three.
“Everybody needs a day like this, regardless if you’re swinging well or you’re not swinging well,” Jeter said. “I just want to be comfortable. … It’s pretty difficult to hit when you’re sitting around trying to think of too many things, and I found myself thinking of things early on.”
Under a microscope all season as he started slowly after a 2010 drop-off, the 36-year-old Jeter also had three runs batted in and his first stolen base of the year while raising his batting average from .256 to .276.
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“He told me the other day he’s starting to feel good and he showed it today,” said CC Sabathia. “He’s been a good player for a long time. … Sitting on the bench, he had an at-bat and said, ‘I’m feeling good.’ That’s exciting to hear.”
• The New York Mets placed right-hander Chris Young on the disabled list with shoulder tightness that prevented him from making his last scheduled start.
The team also transferred Johan Santana to the 60-day DL to free up space on the 40-man roster. Santana has been rehabbing in Florida after shoulder surgery last September.
• Boston has placed shortstop Marco Scutaro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique and called up infielder Jose Iglesias from Class AAA Pawtucket.
• Philadelphia has placed catcher Carlos Ruiz on the disabled list because of inflammation in his back.