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06/24/07 8:32 PM ET
Notes: Jeter back in lineup
Posada, Abreu sit in finale; Damon hoping to avoid action
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- As promised, Derek Jeter showed up at AT&T Park ready to play, though he wasn't in much of a mood to discuss his physical state. Jeter left Saturday's extra-innings affair after the top of the eighth inning with a mild left hip flexor, suffered while legging out a double in the first inning. Between sessions of early treatment Sunday, Jeter volunteered that "it's great" and confirmed that he would be in the Yankees' lineup, then said, "That's all you're going to get, buddies." Yankees manager Joe Torre said that he made a pact with Jeter to allow the shortstop -- batting .346 and carrying a 17-game hitting streak -- to play in the series finale against the Giants. "I'm not sure if he'll hold his end of it," Torre said. "I just said if it really bothers you, tell us and we'll come get you." Jeter was visibly favoring the injury during his final innings of play Saturday, distressed to the point where if he had reached base in his final at-bat in the eighth inning, the Yankees would have pinch-run for him. As it was, Jeter struck out and was told that he was leaving the game when he returned to the dugout. "He didn't fight me," Torre said. "You know when he doesn't fight you that it's bothering him." Torre said that Jeter was not risking further injury by playing on the strain. Even if Jeter was given the day off Sunday, he was considered probable to play Tuesday at Baltimore; his entry into the lineup likely does not alter that projection. "I'm comfortable after talking to our medical staff that the chances of him injuring himself, as opposed to being uncomfortable, are minimal," Torre said. On the pine: After catching 13 innings in Saturday's marathon, the chances of Jorge Posada being in the Yankees' lineup for Sunday's matinee were slim. Indeed, Posada was resting as the Yankees took the field for their final afternoon in China Basin, but so too was Bobby Abreu, spelled by Kevin Thompson in right field as the Yankees hope to shake Abreu from a 3-for-23 skid on the road trip. "He's struggling a little bit," Torre said. "He's trying to pull the ball again. My feeling is the last time we did this, it worked for us." Abreu was seated for a May 18 game against the Mets at Shea Stadium to clear his mind, and he responded by bouncing back and showing a better approach at the plate, drawing raves for hitting the ball to the opposite field. Meanwhile, Thompson made an impression on Torre by coming off the bench cold and singling to right-center in Saturday's loss. "We'll give it a shot," Torre said.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.