New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returned to the lineup in the best way possible, hitting a home run on the first pitch he saw from Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore on Sunday. The game was close throughout, however, with the Yankees escaping with the 6-5 win thanks to an Alfonso Soriano single in the bottom of the ninth that scored Brett Gardner.
Closer Mariano River continued his incredible final season, securing the win for the Yankees to move to 2-2 on the season. Jacke McGree, now 2-3 on the year, recorded the loss for the Rays.
The win was an important one for the Yankees as they avoided being swept by the surging Rays. Tampa Bay still leads the American League East with a record of 62-43; New York, at 55-50, is 7.5 games out of first in the division.
Jeter didn’t revel in his big return when speaking to reporters after the game: “We need contributions from a lot of people. It is not like I’m some savior.”
The Yankees will take on Zach Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.