After a thrilling win Wednesday, the
"If you really think about it, it's not too surprising," said Yankees captain
Jeter, who managed two hits despite a bone bruise in his foot that kept him from playing shortstop, gave credit to the eight Orioles pitchers who tamed the Yankees all night long.
"You ask us, we'll say missed opportunities," he said. "You go over there, they'll say good pitching. That's how it goes. I thought it was a well-pitched game, an excellent-pitched game on both sides the entire night."
Jeter dismissed the idea that the Yankees would have an advantage in the elimination game because of their experience.
"I don't think it's any different to be honest with you, if you take the same approach every day," he said.
"I don't know that experience plays that much into it," Rodriguez said. "That's a very good team over there and we respect them a lot. We know what we have to do. We just have to go out and execute our plan."
Rodriguez said he expected to be in the lineup Friday against
When Yankees manager
"Well, I always tell you I look at -- go home and study the pitcher, and I know our guys, and I'll make decisions tomorrow."
With a .125 average in the series, Rodriguez is hardly the only Yankees mainstay who's struggling.