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As New York Yankees Struggle, Derek Jeter Continues to Heat Up

August 23rd, 2012 at 12:43 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

Though the New York Yankees have lost three straight games and five of their last seven, shortstop and leadoff hitter Derek Jeter has continued his torrid month of August, hitting a home run in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. 

'Derek Jeter' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In 21 games in August, Jeter is batting .380 with five home runs and 14 RBI. He also has seven doubles, 19 runs scored, and a .400 on-base percentage in that span.

More recently, the 38 year-old veteran is batting .400 with four home runs and eight runs scored in his last seven days.

Jeter has also reached some personal achievements and milestones this month, as he hit his 250th career home run and moved into 11th place on the all-time hits list. With the milestone home run, he joined Hall of Famer Willie Mays as the only two players in MLB history with 3,000 hits, 250 home runs, 300 stolen bases, and 1,200 RBI. 

Through the Captain's legendary career filled with a Rookie of the Year Award, five Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, five World Series rings, an All-Star Game MVP, World Series MVP, and a Roberto Clemente Award, the only thing missing from his resume is a regular season MVP award. However, Jeter is focused on the team's success rather than personal accolades. 

"We're trying to win games," Jeter said prior to Wednesday's game. "We've lost these first two here. That's the only thing I'm thinking about — trying to win today. Those other things, I don't let them enter my mind."

Jeter and the Yankees lost again for the third straight night on Wednesday, despite Jeter hitting a game-tying home run in the sixth inning. 

New York has no game Thursday, so Jeter will have a day off before looking to pick up where he left off on Friday night against the Cleveland Indians. 

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Tags: Baseball, Derek Jeter, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Willie Mays

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2 Responses to “As New York Yankees Struggle, Derek Jeter Continues to Heat Up”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    but Skip Bayless says he must be juiced

    •  Daniel Sirianni says:

      It’s quite obvious. I mean, hitting 13 home runs is not possible for a player who hit 18 just three seasons ago lol.

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