Yankees captain Derek Jeter met the media outside George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday and that he plans to be playing shortstop when the team opens the season on April 1 against the Red Sox in New York.
Jeter said that his surgically repaired left ankle will keep him out of the Yankees' early exhibition games, but doesn't believe that he will need all of Spring Training to get into baseball shape.
It was about this time two years that Mark Teixeira arrived in camp and, with a straight face, said that he viewed the Yankees as underdogs. The Red Sox were stealing all of the headlines then, trumpeting the big signings of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford (hey, those didn't work out so well!), and Teixeira thought people were sleeping on the Yanks too much.