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SORE JETER TAKES SCHEDULED BREAK


SORE JETER TAKES SCHEDULED BREAK YANKEE NOTES

TORONTO - Before Derek Jeter jammed the pinky on his throwing (right) hand diving for a ball Thursday night, manager Joe Girardi already had decided to give his shortstop and leadoff hitter last night off.

"We made up our lineups in Baltimore for every game [of the road trip]," Girardi said before last night's 6-0 victory over the Blue Jays. "He jammed a finger, but I would play him [last night] if I needed him."

Jeter, who needs eight hits to tie Lou Gehrig for the most in Yankees history, wasn't on the field for stretching or batting practice. Girardi said Jeter, who has cooled off a bit (3-for-17), was receiving treatment.

Ramiro Pena started at short, hit ninth and got the only hit allowed by Roy Halladay in a 6-0 Blue Jays victory. Pena made a fielding error in the first that allowed the Blue Jays to score a second run.

The last time the Yankees were held to one hit was June 30, 2007, against Oakland.

Johnny Damon, whose 32 hits were the most off Roy Halladay in the right-hander's career, hit leadoff. He went 0-for-4 and fanned twice.

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Closer Mariano Rivera won't be available until tomorrow, at the earliest, because of a sore left groin. According to Girardi, Rivera will test the problem with a bullpen session today. That will take him out of the mix for this afternoon's game.

"If he gets through the side he will probably be available to us [tomorrow]," Girardi said.

Rivera hasn't worked since Tuesday in Baltimore, when he posted his 38th save in 39 chances this season, and 34th straight. The groin problem first surfaced in Seattle on Aug. 15, but a few days off cleared it.

If Girardi needs a closer today, it will be Phil Hughes. He closed Wednesday's victory with 1 1/3 perfect innings, striking out the final three hitters, and hasn't pitched since.

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As part of Girardi's plan to give regulars rest in the final month of the season, Nick Swisher wasn't in the lineup despite being on a 6-for-17 (.353) hot streak. Eric Hinske started in right field and went 0-for-3 with a walk. . . . Brett Gardner is slated to play his fourth minor league rehab game today. If there are no problems with his left thumb, which he fractured in late July, the outfielder could be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's doubleheader against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

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Kim Girardi, Joe's wife, will host a Stomach Cancer Awareness benefit next Sept. 12 at Yankee Stadium from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The Yankees play the Orioles that day at 1 p.m.

Kim is working with Kid Styles of Bedford Hills. Blue hair extensions to support stomach cancer charities will be available to purchase at two booths. Proceeds go to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center & the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University.

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Lefty reliever Mike Dunn made his major league debut last night and gave up two runs and three walks in two-thirds of an inning. "Everyone says it gets better, I hope so," Dunn said. "The walks are unacceptable, especially to lefties."

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HE'S A HIT!

Derek Jeter, who was not in the lineup last night, is nine hits shy of breaking Lou Gehrig?s all-time Yankees record:

Lou Gehrig 2,721

Derek Jeter 2,713

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Added: September 7, 2009

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