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Yankees: Three things we learned this weekend

Metro takes a look at the Yankees’ weekend in Texas, including a resurgent Derek Jeter.

1 Captain keeps it simple in the box

Derek Jeter carried a .250 average and a bit of concern about whether he would be moved down in the lineup entering the weekend series with the Texas Rangers.

The Yankees’ captain, though, figures to stay put in the leadoff role after going 7-for-15 and cracking his first two homers as the Bombers took two of three games from Texas. Jeter’s fifth-inning blast off Dave Bush in yesterday’s 12-5 win was his first in 259 at-bats.

“Everybody needs a day like this, regardless if you’re swinging well or [not],” Jeter said.

2 Nova remains reliable, improves to 3-2

The 4-1 series-opening win marked another progression for Ivan Nova. The Yankees’ young hurler turned in a third straight superb start, pitching into the eighth inning by relying more on a fastball while struggling to throw the curve for strikes. Nova has lowered his ERA from 7.63 to 4.08 by allowing 13 hits and three earned runs over the last 20 innings.

3 Grand daddy hits youngsters

Curtis Granderson clocked three homers to give him a league-leading 11 long balls.

“I don’t consider myself a power hitter by any means,” Granderson said.

The Yankees pounded five long balls and are launching one every 19.4 at-bats. Apparently, it’s contagious because even defensive-minded Francisco Cervelli joined in by slugging an eighth-inning grand slam yesterday.

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