Today was a trip in the way back machine. Derek Jeter made his second return from the DL. This time things went better than before. Jeter swung at the first pitch he saw in the first inning and put it in the people. It was a classic Derek Jeter shot to right. The Captain established that he’s back and the Yankees were up one to nothing.
The Yankees would put two more runs on the board in the first inning, on a Vernon Wells sacrifice and an Ichiro Suzuki single. Unfortunately Phil Hughes wasn’t up to the task of holding the lead. Hughes lasted just four innings, allowing five runs.
Wil Myers did the damage for the Rays. Myers had two home runs off Hughes, knocking in four of the Rays runs. The second homer, a solo shot, was the worst. The Yankees were up 5-4 at the time, after an Alfonso Soriano homer in the third. Myer’s shot tied the game.
Once Hughes was out the bullpen was lock down. The Yankees got five shutout innings from the combination of Preston Claiborne, Boone Logan, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera. The game was tied at five after nine innings.
Brett Gardner started off the bottom of the ninth with a walk. He took second on a wild pitch and the Rays opted to intentionally walk Derek Jeter. Robinson Cano struck out looking but Soriano knocked in the game winning run with a single. Soriano had four hits on the day.
Jeter’s presence in the lineup was felt immediately. Soriano was also a power boost. Between the two of them the Yankees have added some depth to a lineup that was starved for runs. The Yankees are also getting production from two of my favorite members of the 2001 squad. The team has tomorrow off, and hits the road on Tuesday, playing the Dodgers.