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In 2008, Derek Jeter would often range to his left on a ball up the middle, but fail to get his glove down in time to make the play. Even if the shortstop did get some leather on it, a throw in the dirt would rarely get picked by first baseman Jason Giambi and the runner would be safe with a single. This season, however, it seemed like the captain got to a lot more balls and even if he short-hopped the throw over to first, Mark Teixeira would make the play nearly every time. Defense is often an overlooked part of baseball, but in 2009, the Yankees used it to help them win a 27th World Series title. And on Tuesday, Jeter and Teixeira were recognized for the efforts with American League Gold Glove Awards. For the shortstop, it was his fourth, but the first since he won three straight from 20 ...

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