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Jeter shows signs of life at the plate

Derek's dearth of extra-base hits a concern, but hard-hit balls Tuesday bode well

Updated: May 4, 2011, 2:13 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

DETROIT -- Derek Jeter had 2,951 major-league hits entering Tuesday night's game between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, so the fact that he singled off Brad Penny in his first at-bat of the game was hardly remarkable.

But the fact that it was a line-drive single to center, and a sharply hit one at that, was unusual this season, to say the least.

Then, with two out and a runner on first in the seventh inning of a relatively close game, Jeter again hit ...

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