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Derek Jeter: Can Yankees win without him?

Injured Saturday night, Yankees shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter is out for baseball's post-season. Can the team carry on with the same toughness and inspiration he brings to the team?

Trainer Steve Donohue and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi help Derek Jeter off the field after he injured himself during Game 1 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers Saturday night in New York.

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The New York Yankees lost the first game of the American League Championship Series to the Detroit Tigers by the score of 6-4.

But the loss for the pin-stripers could be far worse than the score: their captain and team leader, Derek Jeter fractured an ankle and is out for at least three months.

For many other teams, the loss of one individual might not make as much difference. But, Jeter with a .364 batting average in the post-season has been one of the hottest hitters in Major League Baseball.

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In addition, he brings a certain intangible – a toughness – that gives a boost to the team. In fact, manager Joe Girardi, after telling reporters in the post-game news conference about Jeter’s injury, said the Yankee short stop’s attitude was an example for anyone who goes through struggles in life.

“There are times when I see him limping pretty bad,” said Girardi, “and I say ‘Are you okay’ and he says, ‘Yeah, I’m great, let’s go’. He never tells me what’s bothering him.”


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