The New York Yankees did not get a hit until the seventh inning. Derek Jeter is still coming up.
The Yankees shortstop and his quest for 3,000 strikes were back after a 20-day hiatus, yet Cleveland Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin kept Jeter six hits away and the Yankees at bay for most of the night in a 6-3 victory.
Jeter, who is attempting to turn into the 28th major leaguer and first Yankees player to reach 3,000 said, “I don’t think he threw a ball over the middle of the plate all day.”
Jeter added he was tensed in his first appearance after time on the disabled record with a strained right calf.
Jeter, who erred, flied out, grounded out and lined out, said, “Nothing physical. Presently nerves from not having played in a while. It was kind of like opening day.”
Jeter added after the game that he felt good enough to play once more, although Joe Girardi said he would not build that choice until he talked with Jeter.
This year, Jeter is an All-Star, voted in by his followers to begin the game next week in Phoenix, but was non-committal about playing there.
The Yankees went 14-4 and went back to first place without Jeter.
The Yankees went home for four games against the Tampa Bay Rays before the All-Star break after this three-game sequence. Jeter and Girardi together said they had no intentions to adjust his schedule to increase chances No. 3,000 happens at Yankee Stadium.
Girardi said before the game, “I hope he gets four hits tonight.”