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Without Derek Jeter set to miss the rest of the postseason, longtime journeyman Jayson Nix is taking over as the New York Yankees' starting shortstop in the middle of the American League Championship Series.
The Detroit Tigers are hosting the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at 4 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon. The Tigers have right-hander Anibal Sanchez going on the mound as they look to take a 2-0 lead in the series before returning to the Motor City for Game 3.
With the Yankees looking to avoid a 2-0 hole before going on the road, all eyes are on the team's shortstop position, which has been filled by Derek Jeter in every postseason game for the franchise since 1995.
Nix, 30, has spent time with the Yankees, White Sox, Indians and Blue Jays over the past three seasons, primarily providing value as a versatile utility player. In 202 plate appearances with New York this year, he's hit .243/.306/.384 with four home runs.