It wasn't so much his fielding that concerned the Yankee worriers, but the low batting average and lack of power. Until Sunday, Jeter hadn't hit a home run since August 24 of last season.
By the time the Yankees had finished polishing off the Rangers, 12-5, on Sunday, Jeter had put all of the questions to rest, going 4-for-6 with a pair of home runs, three RBI, two runs and a stolen base. He also extended his hitting streak to six straight game, raising the batting average to a very respectable .276.
Over the hill? Not yet. In the meantime, the usual Yankee hand-wringers better keep an eye on the Tampa Bay Rays, because they've won four straight and are tied with the Yanks for first place in the AL East.
Three starts later, he was at it again, this time taking a no-no into the 7th inning against the Washington Nationals. An error in the first and a hit batsman in the 3rd were all that separated Sanchez from perfection. However, Lance Nix singled to lead off the 7th inning, and Michael Morse also singled with one out, so the drama ended there, but Sanchez got through the inning without surrendering a run, ringing up 11 Ks and no walks.
Getting just his second win of the season against one loss, Sanchez and the Marlins won the game, 8-0, and shaved a game off Philadelphia's lead in the NL East, as the Braves took down the Phillies, 5-2. Florida, as hot as any team in either league of late, is two games off the pace.