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09/13/12 6:53 PM ET

Jeter in at DH day after aggravating ankle injury

BOSTON -- Derek Jeter promised that he would be in the lineup for the Yankees on Thursday, and sure enough, the captain talked his way into batting leadoff against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi listed Jeter as his designated hitter, one night after Jeter was forced to leave New York's 5-4 win over Boston due to a nagging bone bruise in his left ankle.

"I don't know how much improvement he had overnight," Girardi said. "I talked to him when he got here today and I said, 'How do you feel?' And he says, 'Great,' like he always does."

Girardi told Jeter that he would write his name in as the DH, but reserved the right to change the lineup if Jeter appeared hobbled during batting practice. Jeter aggravated his injury legging out an eighth-inning double-play ball.

"I know today when he says he feels great, he doesn't really feel great," Girardi said. "For him, a lot of times, 'Is it tolerable?' would be a better question to ask him, because he's going to play beat up. That's just who he is.

"Usually you can tell by his face. You can't really listen to his words. You can tell by his face how he's really feeling."

Eduardo Nunez made the start at shortstop in place of Jeter. Girardi joked that he thought Nunez would be prepared against Boston left-hander Felix Doubront after repeatedly facing Andy Pettitte in his simulated starts.

Girardi said that the bone bruise seems to affect Jeter more when he's rounding the bases, but the injury could mean a few more days at DH for Jeter, who has appeared in 140 of the Yankees' 142 games entering play on Thursday.

"Last night was a little more [pain] than what I've seen, and that was a little alarming," Girardi said. "The way I saw him walk after the game made me feel a little bit better last night, but as I've said, walking and running are two different things."

Girardi: Jones 'needs to be productive' for Yanks

BOSTON -- Andruw Jones hasn't been swinging a hot bat for the Yankees of late, but manager Joe Girardi has been forced to bet that the outfielder will catch a streak in the very near future.

Jones entered play on Thursday with four hits in his last 22 at-bats, giving him a .203 average for the season, but the Yankees need his production against left-handed pitching to resurface in a hurry.

"People are going to run lefties against us; that's what we're seeing right now," Girardi said. "There's a lot of lefties in our division. He needs to be productive. We need to see what he's done in the past for us."

Jones enjoyed a monster series in Boston back in July, when he crushed four homers and drove in six runs over a three-game span, and Girardi is crossing his fingers that another explosion is around the corner.

"It seems like the last couple of days, he's started swinging the bat a little bit better," Girardi said. "We know what kind of tear he can go on. The last time we were here, it was a huge tear and he was a big part of the reason we had three wins. That's what he's capable of doing."

Bombers bits

• Curtis Granderson hit his 101st and 102nd home runs in a Yankees uniform on Wednesday, matching his total over 674 games with the Tigers from 2004-09. Granderson compiled the same number of homers in just 432 games with the Yankees, beginning in 2010.

• The Yankees won on Wednesday despite going 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position. It marked their third game since 1974 -- and the second this year -- in which they had at least 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position and could not record a hit. The other dates were July 6, 1990 vs. the Twins and May 21, 2012 vs. the Royals.

• The Yankees entered play on Thursday looking for their first consecutive wins since Aug. 13-15 vs. Texas.

• On this date in 1927, the Yankees swept a doubleheader at Cleveland, winning 5-3 in both games to clinch the AL pennant for the fifth time in club history. The Yankees would go on to sweep the Pirates in the World Series for the club's second championship.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.