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Jeter says he's fine despite cough

Jeter says he's fine despite cough

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ANAHEIM -- Naturally, Derek Jeter said he felt fine. His hacking cough in the Yankees clubhouse indicated otherwise.

With a raspy voice, Jeter touched on almost all topics Yankees before a workout Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium, preparing for Thursday's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Angels.

Being so close to the World Series? One game at a time. Alex Rodriguez's state of mind? Seems comfortable. Playoff experience? Always fun. About the only questions he evaded concerned his health.

"I'm all right, buddy," Jeter said. "Good to go."

Television cameras caught Jeter coughing numerous times during the Yankees' 10-1 victory over the Angels in Game 4, when he went 2-for-5 with a walk.

The New York Times reported that Jeter left Angel Stadium clutching a bottle of NyQuil, and manager Joe Girardi confirmed the shortstop's illness in a news conference on Wednesday.

"I noticed it on Monday, and he was pretty sick," Girardi said. "He was still pretty sick yesterday. I'm hoping that he feels better, but it didn't seem to affect him Monday his first at-bat. That's just the type of player that Derek is. He's tough."

Jeter singled to right field leading off the game for New York against Angels starter Scott Kazmir. Girardi said he has not noticed any other players in the clubhouse fall ill, as occurred during a series against the Mets at Citi Field in June.

Jeter spent his 35th birthday on the bench for the Subway Series, and Johnny Damon was also sidelined then with the flu.

"Hopefully no one else gets it," Girardi said. "Fortunately he hasn't had the fever to go along with it like he had during the Mets series."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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