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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Rays 5

By Matt Ehalt



NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter needed just one pitch to announce his return.

In his first game back since suffering a Grade 1 quad strain, and just his second game of the season, Jeter hit a homer on the first pitch he saw. Alfonso Soriano singled in the game-winning run in the ninth as the New York Yankees avoided a sweep with a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Ichiro Suzuki was 4-for-4 for the Yankees, who are now 2-0 when Jeter plays.

JETER'S BACK: Jeter deposited the first pitch he saw into the right-field seats to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and he singled and scored in the third. He provided an instant boost to an offense that had been shut out the previous day.

Jeter also appeared to take the team's advice to ease up on the base paths. He appeared to take a little something off his trot when he hit a pair of routine grounders in the fourth and seventh. Jeter finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

THE HERO: Soriano singled home Brett Gardner to give the Yankees the walk-off win. Earlier in the game, in a scene straight out of 2003, Soriano homered to drive in Jeter in the third inning. It marked Soriano's first homer since a Friday trade brought him back to the Yankees, and his 18th on the season.

Soriano singled in the first inning, ending an 0-for-8 start to his second stint as a Yankee. Soriano finished 4-for-5 on Sunday with three RBIs and two runs scored.

BOOS FOR HUGHES: Phil Hughes, who could be traded before Wednesday's deadline, gave up a pair of home runs, both to rookie sensation Wil Myers, and labored through a four-inning, 92-pitch outing. He gave up five runs on nine hits and couldn't hold leads of 3-0 and 5-4. He's 4-9 on the season.

SNAPPING THE STREAK: Until Jeter's blast, the Yankees hadn't received a homer from a right-handed hitter since June 25. The team has been woeful hitting for power from the right side, but they got two righty homers on Sunday.

AN ERUPTION: The Yankees plated three runs in the first inning, which is more than the total amount of hits they had in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay. The Yankees collected eight hits and five runs in five innings against All-Star Matt Moore, who entered the game 14-3.

UP NEXT: The Yankees have an off day before embarking on an eight-game road trip that begins in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.39 ERA) will face Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.49) at 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday.