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Jeter scratched from Yanks' lineup

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Shortstop Derek Jeter said he was removed from the New York Yankees' lineup Tuesday for ''precautionary'' reasons because his surgically repaired left ankle feels ''stiff.''


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The 13-time All-Star was slated to play his first road game this spring but was removed from the lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies after taking batting practice.

Jeter said he might be able to play Wednesday and doesn't consider this a setback.

Jeter broke his left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against Detroit last October. He played in his first spring game on March 9 and is 3 for 11 so far. Last season, he led the American League with 216 hits and batted .316 with 15 homers and 58 RBI.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who described Jeter's ankle as "cranky," said Tuesday morning that Jeter might start the season as a designated hitter against Boston if the Red Sox start a left-handed pitcher.

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