The final pitch Derek Jeter faced Thursday afternoon, a curveball from Orioles right-hander Josh Stinson, a pitcher with 31 career major-league appearances on his résumé, locked him up. All Jeter could do was watch it hook by for a called third strike and look back to the home-plate umpire for a word as he walked to the Yankees dugout.

The strikeout concluded another hitless day at the plate for the soon-to-be retired shortstop. After the 0-for-4 performance in the Yankees' 6-0 split-squad win, Jeter is 4-for-24 (.167) with two walks in his final spring as a professional baseball player.

“Timing’s messed up,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve seen him pull some balls and that’s kind of unusual.”

As expected, Girardi quickly added a disclaimer to his assessment.

“Older guys you don’t worry so much about early on in spring training,” Girardi said.

The manager then offered a comparison to Raul Ibañez, the Yankees’ former veteran outfielder and designated hitter.