One pitch is all it took.
The legend of Derek Jeter added yet another chapter on Sunday, as The Captain returned from the disabled list and homered on the very first pitch that he saw. The opposite field blast broke a streak of nine straight games without a homer for the Yankees and ended a 28-game homerless drought for their right-handed hitters.
It served as another reminder of how much Jeter’s presence means to this team, as the Yankees were able to avoid a sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays with a 6-5 win thanks to Alfonso Soriano’s walk-off single.
The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first thanks to a sac fly from Vernon Wells and an RBI single from Ichiro Suzuki, but the Rays would not go quietly. After Kelly Johnson’s RBI double in the second, rookie Wil Myers hit a three-run homer off of Phil Hughes to put Tampa up 4-3.
Soriano – who had gone hitless in his first two games with the Yankees after coming over from the Chicago Cubs in a trade on Friday – finished with four hits, including a two-run homer to put the Yanks back on top in the third.
Myers hit his second homer of game in the fifth to chase Hughes, but Soriano singled up the middle with two men on in the ninth to give the Yankees a much-needed win.
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