(Courtesy of the AP)
The story of the day was obviously Derek Jeter. All Derek Jeter all the time. He made his return from the broken ankle that ended his 2012 season earlier this afternoon, batting 2nd as the DH. After looking like he might fall behind Alex Rodriguez in the race to return, Jeter surprised almost everyone by returning today and he helped spark another good offensive game. In typical Jeter fashion, he got a hit in his first at-bat (infield single) and it was on from there. It wasn't powerful and it wasn't pretty, from Jeter or the team, but it was effective and it got them their 50th win of the season.
- It was really a struggle for Andy Pettitte early. He gave up 3 runs in the top of the 1st after getting beat on another bunt single and giving up a 2-run double to Salvador Perez.
- The bad bunt defense cost Andy again in the 2nd when he threw the ball away trying to make another play. He could never really settle into anything in the first 2 innings because of the bunt issues and the Yanks found themselves down.
- Surprisingly, it was only 1 run down as they hung 3 on Ervin Santana in the first 2 innings on Vernon Wells sac fly and an Austin Romine RBI double. Even a weak Yankee lineup can hit this guy.
- Pettitte did settle down after escaping the 2nd and was actually not bad from there. He gave up 2 more hits and hit a batter, but his stuff looked much better and he kept runs off the board.
- The Yanks made their move in the bottom of the 5th. Ichiro singled to lead off and stole second base with Jeter up. Jeter moved him over and 2 walks loaded the bases for Lyle Overbay. Santana threw him a 1-0 fastball that Overbay was right on the Yanks had a 5-4 lead. A few tack-on singles by Zoilo and Eduardo gave them the cushion.
- Monster close out by the bullpen. Shawn Kelley, David Robertson, and Boone Logan combined for 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 5, including the top of the 8th by D-Rob.