The absence of Derek Jeter in the lineup for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series was felt long before the start of the game.
With Jeter out for the remainder of the season with a fractured left ankle and unavailable to bat leadoff, manager Joe Girardi had to make several changes to his lineup. He moved Ichiro Suzuki up to the top spot from No.2. Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Raul Ibanez were in turn moved up one spot in the order.
Jayson Nix, who had the dubious honor of replacing Jeter at shortstop, batted ninth.
The fans in the bleachers still included Jeter in their roll call of players to start the game.
The Yankees confirmed Jeter's fracture in tests today and announced he will see foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., in the next few days. Jeter is not at Yankee Stadium for Game 2 and will not travel to Detroit, according to the Yankees.
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