CINCINNATI -- Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher have done a nice job sharing leadoff duties with Derek Jeter out of the lineup, but the first spot in the batting order still belongs to the Yankees' captain.

One day after saying Jeter would be the leadoff hitter when he returns from a strained right calf, manager Joe Girardi revisited the topic, saying he felt no urge to bat Jeter lower in the order.

"These guys have done a great job in Derek's absence, there's no doubt about it," Girardi said. "Swish has done a great job against left-handers and Gardy has done a great job against the right-handers. But when Derek comes back, I'll put him in the leadoff spot."

Just six hits shy of 3,000 for his career, Jeter is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 29. His march toward the hit plateau has been a little slower than the Yankees would have liked, due in part to his .260 batting average in 62 games.

Gardner entered Wednesday's doubleheader hitting .356 (52-for-146) since April 26, and had been even hotter over previous last 11 games (.472). Swisher, though not a prototypical leadoff hitter because he lacks blazing speed, entered Wednesday hitting .307 since May 27, with an impressive .455 on-base percentage.

But Girardi will stand by Jeter, who is expected to hit on Wednesday or Thursday at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., and is progressing. The Yankees can't promise if Jeter will be back off the disabled list in the minimum 15 days, but they swear he'll slide right back into his old spot.

"He's been our leadoff hitter the whole year, and our plans are to put him back there when he gets back. The big thing is to get him back healthy," Girardi said.

Yanks place Marquez on DL, activate Carlyle

CINCINNATI -- Yankees right-hander Jeff Marquez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a sore right shoulder.

A club spokesman said that Marquez will be seen on Thursday in New York by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.

Right-hander Buddy Carlyle was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Marquez's place on the active roster.

The move was made after New York's 4-2 victory over the Reds on Wednesday, the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Carlyle was expected to be in uniform for the second game.

Marquez had no record and a 2.25 ERA in three appearances with New York, spanning four innings. He was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on June 8.

Yankees give some big bats a rest in Game 1

CINCINNATI -- The lineup posted early on Wednesday wouldn't have looked out of place in the Yankees' Spring Training clubhouse, but a day-night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park left few other options.

Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin were all out of New York's batting order behind right-handed starter Freddy Garcia, as manager Joe Girardi tried not to burn out his big bats.

Girardi said that not having the designated hitter against the Reds made writing out his lineup more challenging than usual.

"When you have DHs in the American League and you have doubleheaders, you can play them [in the field] one game and DH them the other," Girardi said.


"These guys have been going hard. It's the third stretch of 16 days in a row -- they've basically played every day -- and physically, you can't kill them. You just can't do it."

Jorge Posada got his first start of the road trip, playing first base, while Ramiro Pena filled in at third base and Francisco Cervelli got the nod behind the plate.

The shuffle made Nick Swisher New York's No. 3 hitter, with Robinson Cano moving into the cleanup spot. Girardi said that all of his rested players would be ready to pinch-hit or play defense if needed.

"Without that DH, it makes it difficult. It's hard to play these guys two games like this when we've been going this hard," Girardi said.

Bombers bits

• The Yankees have had four games postponed in 2011, tying them with seven other teams for the most in the Major Leagues. In 2010, New York had just two postponed games.

• Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies has been rescheduled to 2:20 p.m. ET, accommodating the Old-Timers' Day ceremonies, which begin at 11:30 a.m. Gates will open at 10 a.m. to fans holding valid tickets.

• The Yankees were a Major League-best 19-4 in day games entering play on Wednesday. Robinson Cano, who batted cleanup for New York in the first game of the doubleheader, had reached base safely in each of the club's previous 23 day games.