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Jeter 2-for-4 in rehab

May 11, 2003

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— Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 with a three-run double in the eighth inning Saturday night, leading Trenton to a 6-4 victory over New Haven in his next-to-last game on a rehab assignment.

Jeter's bases-loaded double off Kevin Frederick with two outs in the eighth gave Trenton a 6-4 lead and delighted a Thunder record crowd of 8,729.

"It still feels good, because the team is still trying to win," Jeter said while icing his left shoulder. "That's the bottom line. You don't play unless you want to win. So it was a big moment for the team."

It was Jeter's first extra-base hit with Trenton, the Yankees Double-A affiliate. The Thunder are 4-0 with Jeter in the lineup.

Jeter is scheduled to come off the disabled list and be in the starting lineup Tuesday when the Yankees begin a homestand against Anaheim.

The five-time All-Star shortstop has been out since March 31, when he dislocated his left shoulder sliding into Toronto catcher Ken Huckaby.

Saturday night marked the first time during his rehab stint that Jeter played nine innings, and he is scheduled to do so again today.

Jeter has hit safely in all four games with Trenton, going 6-for-16 with one walk, one run and four RBIs. He has handed 17 of 18 chances in the field, bobbling a grounder for an error in the first.

He made up for it in the fourth with a leaping catch of a line drive to rob John-Ford Griffin of a hit.

"I feel fine," he said. "I'm getting different types of plays, so I'm feeling pretty good right now."

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