(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees couldn’t have scripted it any better.
Derek Jeter hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in his return from the disabled list, and Alfonso Soriano hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Yankees to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I said, ‘Thank God,’ because I didn’t want to go out there and play in extra innings because I was tired,” said Jeter after being activated from the disabled list for the second time this month.
Soriano went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs in just his third game since coming over in a trade from the Chicago Cubs, helping the Yankees avoid a three-game sweep.
Mariano Rivera (2-2) earned the win by pitching a scoreless ninth inning for the Yankees.
Rays rookie sensation Wil Myers homered twice and drove in four runs against starter Phil Hughes, who received a no-decision.
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Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com Columnist