Derek Jeter has taken another step in his quest to be ready for Opening Day.

The Yankee captain started consecutive games at shortstop for the first time since breaking his ankle last October, playing four innings Saturday in a 7-0 loss to the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

“Next time I’ll try to go maybe six and five (in back-to-back games), and just keep trying to increase it,” Joe Girardi said of Jeter, who had played six innings Friday against Miami. “I’ve got to see how he’s doing, and we have to be somewhat still cautious even though he’s got that 100% (medical clearance).”

Jeter doubled to right-center off Phillies lefty Raul Valdes in the first inning, but he was thrown out at third on Ichiro Suzuki’s grounder to shortstop. He had one ground ball chance in the field, charging in to throw out Steven Lerud in the third.