NEW YORK - A player stood at shortstop at Yankee Stadium, yet the shortstop was missing.
For 16 years and 158 consecutive games, Derek Jeter had been in the New York Yankees' postseason lineup, the Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken of October.
"When you think of postseason, you think of Derek Jeter," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.
And now Jeter was absent for Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against the Tigers on Sunday, off undergoing tests after his left ankle cracked during another stressful moment in another sapping game. Taking the captain's place was Jayson Nix.