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Just like old times: Derek Jeter returns, Alfonso Soriano helps Yankees walk off

Jul 28, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Before he joined the Yankees on Friday, Alfonso Soriano was last teammates with Derek Jeter in September 2003, nearly ten years ago. Jeter once again made his triumphant return this afternoon, having recovered from a quad injury suffered in his 2013 debut on July 11. In that first game back, Jeter singled in his first at-bat, swinging at the first pitch he saw. He did that once again today, swinging at the first offering from Rays starter Matt Moore, sending it beyond the fence in right-center field for a solo home run.

Both Moore and Yankees starter Phil Hughes allowed five runs. Wil Myers was the source of the Rays’ offense, as the rookie hit two home runs and drove in four. For the Yankees, Soriano homered in the third while Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-4.

Closer Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, holding the score at five apiece. For the Rays, lefty Jake McGee took the hill for his second inning of work in the bottom half of the inning. He walked Brett Gardner to start the frame, then allowed the Yankees’ speedster to advance to second on a wild pitch. In what was a controversial decision, manager Joe Maddon ordered his pitcher to intentionally walk Jeter to put runners on first and second with no outs, bringing Robinson Cano to the plate. To the dismay of Yankees’ fans, Cano struck out looking, not even able to advance one or both runners.

Soriano happily played the role of hero, grounding a single up the middle, allowing Gardner to sprint the 180 feet to home plate for the walk-off victory. To recap: Jeter and Soriano both homer, Soriano keys the walk-off, and Rivera goes home with the win. Just like old times.

With the win, the Yankees are only 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card in the American League and sit in fourth place in the AL East, 7.5 games behind the first place Red Sox. The Rays fall to second place, a half-game behind the Red Sox. The AL East is shaping up to be an exciting division to watch in the final two months.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Reunion tour. Doom.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      DOOOOOMMMM!!

  2. Kevin S. - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Is it really that controversial a decision? A single or better wins the game, and against a lefty, I’d argue Jeter is more likely to get any type of hit than Cano is.

  3. mybrunoblog - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    If my Yankee fan compadres will allow me, I’d like to speak for us all. We are grateful to have the Captain back. It’s just not the same without this guy. Don’t know what we’ll do when he retires.

  4. uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Hey it’s a start, 2 HR’s, 12 hits a double and 6 runs. Looks like it just took Soriano a couple of days to gets his bearings after taking a red eye late Thursday night to get to NY for Friday’s game. Great to see the:
    38 year old Jeter go 2-4 with a HR
    37 year old Soriano go 4-5 with a HR and 3 RBI’s
    39 year old Ichiro go 4-4

    • detroitfanatic - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Royals fans were happy to see Wil Myers raise his OPS over .900. Wil is now 4th on the team in homeruns with 7 behind Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, and Billy Butler. 14 extra base hits, 22 runs, 26 RBIs in only 33 games. With this guy leading KC’s offense through at least 2020, Kansas City has good times ahead of them.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      I am not sure if I should sing “Happy Days are here again” or “If I could turn back the hands of time”.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Thanks for making me remember a 50 year-old Cher, in a thong, singing If I Could Turn Back Time on a battleship.

        *Sideshow Bob mutter and shudder*

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        You are welcome. Pleased to help.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:49 PM

        As long as you call it a win that’s all that matters.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        To celebrate, the team gave out free bottles of Geritol along with the mandatory bubbly.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        You are not sure if you should get out of the rain, who are you kidding”? LOSER!! CHECK!!

      • nbjays - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        Stay classy, Harry!

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        we are sure however that the jays are in last place to stay

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Yesterday’s magnificent win powered by Jeter and Soriano enabled the Yankee Nation to forget the team’s secret pact with the devil that enabled them to win the 2009 World Series. The devil’s spawn has been banished to the DL and the team and its supporters hope that he will never be seen or heard from again. Amen!

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Derek Jeter is 39.

      You missed is birthday.

      That makes you a bad fan.

      Although the reason I checked your math is because it’s really surprising to me that Jeter and Soriano are so close in age. Just did not realize that.

      • uyf1950 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        Haven’t you heard 39 is the new 38.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      You forgot – Luke Appling went yard.

    • jfk69 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:07 AM

      add Rivera age 43

  5. soxpower - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    lol hold ur horses guys he started off like 0-9

    • yankees218 - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      it was 0-8.

      And your point is????

  6. detroitfanatic - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Controversial? As you said, Soriano GROUNDED….. 5 feet to the left or right and a double play ends it. Not controversial. Correct decision to set up a double play. Jeter’s run doesn’t matter.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    And, also just like old times, A-Rod is off somewhere injecting the bone dust of an endangered animal directly into his taint in an effort to “live up to the pressure of his contract.”

    • cackalackyank - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      It is entirely possible that by this time tomorrow what A-rod is injecting to whatever part of his body will be irrelevant, just the media coverage of his self immolation will be noticeable.

  8. aceshigh11 - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I was at a bar when Jeter hit his home run after coming off the DL, and I cheered, both because I’m a Red Sox fan and we needed the Yankees to beat the Rays, but also because Derek Jeter is all-class and good for baseball.

    I honestly would’ve smiled even if he’d hit it off a Red Sox pitcher. Some players (Jeter, Rivera) are beyond rivalries, and I don’t mind admitting that.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Another IDIOT who doesn’t know when to get out of the RAIN!!! can you say LOSER?? You bet you can!! Oh yea im gonna get some F-bombs from this loser, go on im ready LOSER!! HAHAAHAHA

      • aceshigh11 - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        You can’t even accept a compliment about your own team…

        Rain? What are you even talking about?

        You’re the pathetic loser. You’re obviously a very sick, psychotic individual who requires psychological assistance.

        You’re a very sad, twisted person who only gets off on trolling.

        I assume “71” is in reference to your birth year. Do you have any idea how pathetic it is that a grown man who’s 42 years old is reduced to posting hateful, nonsensical tirades on a sports site to garner reactions from people?

        I’d say that I pity you, but you’re really not worth it. You’ve chosen not to seek the psychological help that you clearly need, so you’ve got to live with the small, pitiful, twisted, hateful world you’ve built for yourself.

      • nbjays - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        Aces, you are using words that are too big for poor Harry to understand.

        The movie Dirty Harry cam out in 1971 so that’s likely the reference. I can’t picture Harry here being any more than 14 or 15 (at least that’s his apparent maturity level).

        Welcome to the club of people Harry trolls. This site really needs a twit filter.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Yea he is a all class guy, something the redsuks know nothing about dork

  9. ienjoysensi - Jul 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Even being a Red Sox fan , I have to admit that Jeter is one of my top 3 all time favorite players . Wish him nothing but the best. It will be a sad day when Jeter retires for all baseball fans. He truly defines the role as ” Captain ” .

  10. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 29, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Extra emphasis on “old” in this headline, right? RIGHT? AMIRITE YOU GUISE!!!1!

  11. jfk69 - Jul 29, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    Yankees will be holding auditions for all former players 37 and up who feel they still can play. Cashman vows to have payroll under 180 million next year if he has to raid the senior softball league to do it. Cashman further states.’ They will be signed to 10 day contracts ,like in basketball, and will be kept based on performance.

  12. nbjays - Jul 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Nice comeback for Jeter. Who’s writing this script, anyway?

    Hopefully he can stay healthy for the rest of the season.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      nice season for the bluejays, last place is exactly where they belong fool

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Satan’s tool has spoken.

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