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Nunez bounces back with GW RBI

Eduardo Nunez

Shortstop
New York Yankees

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The youngest Yankee came through with the biggest hit on Old-Timers' Day.

Shaking off a first-inning error, Eduardo Nunez rapped an RBI single in the seventh inning that turned out to be the game-winner in the Yanks' 6-4 win over Colorado.

But before he could become the hero on Sunday, Nunez added to what's become an alarming total of errors in 2011.

Nunez made his eighth error of the season in his 19th game started at shortstop in the first inning on Sunday. He let Jonathan Herrera's grounder go under his legs, giving the Rockies men on first and second and none out in the opening frame.

Starter Ivan Nova exonerated Nunez by retiring three straight Rockies to end the inning.

"You're going to make errors, I make errors, Alex (Rodriguez) makes errors. … Any major leaguer knows that it's not about the errors, it's how you do to come back from it," Mark Teixeira said.

Nunez came back in a big way in the sixth by driving in Chris Dickerson with one out in the seventh. He got the at-bat after Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki booted Russell Martin's grounder to short with Dickerson on first. It could have been an inning-ending double play.

Instead, Nunez turned it into the game-winning hit.

"I was so excited," Nunez said.

Nunez is replacing Derek Jeter and said he feels more comfortable every day he spends in the starting lineup. Since replacing Jeter on June 14, Nunez is hitting .261 with five RBIs and a homer.

"It's not easy. I mean this guy is taking over, for a short time, but he's taking over for Derek Jeter so it's not going to be easy being thrust into this role," Teixeira said. "But I love what I see from him, he's done a great job."