Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run
scored in his first game of the season for the New York Yankees, who beat the
Kansas City Royals by an 8-4 margin.
Jeter was activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game.
The team captain returned to the lineup after playing four minor league rehab
games in his recovery from a broken left ankle. He suffered the broken ankle
during Game 1 of last year's American League Championship Series against the
Detroit Tigers and sustained another fracture during spring training that set
his return further back.
On Thursday, Jeter batted second as the designated hitter. He likely would
have remained at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre if not for a couple of minor
injuries to a pair of Yankees in Wednesday's game against the Royals. Both
designated hitter Travis Hafner (left foot) and outfielder Brett Gardner
(right leg) suffered minor bruises during the contest and Yankees manager Joe
Girardi indicated that Jeter might not have returned until the weekend series
against Minnesota if not for the injuries.
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