Derek Jeter not worried about minor slump to start season

Eli Manning Peyton Manning
Eli Manning and Peyton Manning hang out at the Yankees game on Sunday.
Credit: Getty Images

Derek Jeter’s batting average has tumbled to .240 after he was 0-for-4 Sunday, making him hitless in his last 13 at-bats.

Seven of those at-bats came Friday, when he had seven at-bats in a game for the 16th time. That marked the first time Jeter didn’t get a hit when having seven at-bats.

Jeter is six for his last 36, so it’s natural to wonder about him since he will be 40 next month.

For now, nobody is concerned, though the concession is about why these questions are getting asked and, in his true close to the vest form, Jeter isn’t dwelling on it.

“I don’t think like you [media],” Jeter said. “I think positive.”

 

On the comeback

Players don’t usually enjoy the tedium of DL stints but when Mark Teixeira went on the disabled list April 5 with a strained right hamstring, the surgically repaired wrist was not entirely healed.

So to avoid further damage Teixeira compensated by getting into some bad mechanical habits at the plate.

“The first couple days of the season I was maybe protecting it a little bit, but when I came back from the DL it just started feeling better and I started having some good swings,” he said. “I got into such bad habits last year just protecting the wrist and my swing was awful. It really was.

“So you really just have to rebuild your swing to get back to being the hitter that I was before.”

After time off, Teixeira’s bat came alive over the weekend, especially in Saturday’s win when he hit a long two-run homer and drove in three runs. That marked his fourth home run in five games, something he last achieved in June 2011.

Teixeira will take a modest six-game hitting streak to Anaheim, where he reinjured the wrist after 15 games 13 months ago.

“The swing, the mechanics of the swing are getting better, but also getting stronger. I said right from the beginning when I went on the DL it could be a blessing in disguise, and I think it was. It allowed my wrist to take a little break and it felt stronger when I came back.”

 

Manning visits Yankee Stadium

Peyton Manning wasn’t yelling any of his famous “Omaha” audibles on Sunday. Instead he was at Yankee Stadium to see Jeter before appearing on David Letterman’s show Monday night.

“We’ve been good friends,” Manning said. “He’s a couple of years older than me. We’ve been pretty much professionals at the same time. I wanted to pay my respects to see him play for the last time.”

Jeter is 39, while Manning is 37. Manning took in the game from a suite and was joined by brother Eli, who is recovering from offseason ankle surgery.

“Eli feels good,” Manning said. “He was doing some light throwing the other day. Obviously, just upper body. He’s disappointed he has to miss some of the OTAs but it’s better than missing some of the games during the season.”

Follow Yankees beat writer Larry Fleisher on Twitter @LarryFleisher.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.

National

Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…

National

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…

International

Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

The Word

The Word: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally…

Well, everybody, it finally happened. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went and got themselves hitched — according to noted scandal sheet the Associated Press —…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

NFL

Giants vs. Patriots: 3 things to watch

The Giants wrap up their extended preseason campaign Thursday night by playing host to the Patriots.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…