First Pitch: Jeter & the sound of silence

It is amazing how quiet it has been around Derek Jeter this spring. When you consider a year ago, Jeter was approaching 3,000 hits, while his career was in apparent decline.

After hitting a career worst .270 in 2010, Jeter crawled to 3,000, batting just .257 heading into July 9th last year. But, almost magically, he had his 5-for-5 home run for 3K day and he tore it up the rest of the summer, finishing almost at .300.

What he also did was erase some of the doubts of what his career trajectory is as he approaches his 38th birthday. On Sunday, Jeter led off the game with one of his classic singles to right. He added another base-knock when a ball went under Ty Wigginton's glove at first.

Jeter is hitting .308 so far and though the numbers don't mean much, they do help keep the conversation on what he still might be and not on what he was.

ON DECK CIRCLE: The Yankees' clubhouse doesn't open until 1:55 p.m. for tonight's 7:05 game against the Astros. Hiroki Kuroda will start for the Yankees. There is no TV or radio for the game, but we will have you covered all day and night. Thanks for reading.

IN THE HOLE: At 11:15, we will post a blog about how Ivan Nova is starting to serve as a big brother for Michael Pineda, giving him advice in much the same fashion as Nova's old buddy, A.J. Burnett, used to do the same for Nova.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Do you expect Derek Jeter to be the first half of 2011 Jeter or the second half? Or a combination?