Derek Jeter got the start at designated hitter Thursday, one day after injuring his left foot, while Alex Rodriguez was dropped to fifth in the lineup for Game 4 of the American League Division Series vs. the Orioles. Jeter's status for the game was in question after he sustained a bone bruise while fouling a ball off his left foot during the first inning of New York's 3-2 victory over Baltimore in Game 3. The 38-year-old insisted on Wednesday night that he would be ready to play in Game 4. That ended up being the case, but manager Joe Girardi opted to put him in the DH spot to give him more of an ability to rest the injured foot. Jayson Nix got the start at shortstop, marking the first time that someone other than Jeter started a Yankees postseason game at short since Tony Fernandez in Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS vs. Seattle.
Jeter at DH for Game 4; A-Rod batting fifth
MLB.com | Oct 11