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Derek Jeter left yesterday's game in the fifth inning with what Joe Torre called a "mild sprain" of his right hand. The manager wouldn't rule out the possibility that Jeter could sit out tonight's game against the Tigers, but added that it's "more probable that he'll play."

Jeter, as he's done after virtually every injury he's ever had, said he expects to be in the lineup. He lobbied with Torre to remain in yesterday's game but admitted, "I didn't win that one."

The Yankees initially announced that the captain had hurt his hand while sliding into second base on Gary Sheffield's inning-ending grounder in the third, but Jeter said he had no idea when the injury occurred. He came up to hit one more time - and tried to bunt - then was replaced by Miguel Cairo in the bottom of the fifth.

Jeter pointed to an area on the right side of his palm when describing the pain and said it made it difficult to throw the ball.

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